An Introduction to Understanding Depression

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At some point in our lives we may experience depression, which is described as a feeling of unhappiness, disappointment, loneliness, or having negative thoughts towards themselves or to other people. However, if the down feelings become overwhelming and continue to persist, which can greatly affect your health and your daily routine, immediate care and attention should be given to you.

The level of depression that individuals experience may range from mild, to moderate, to severe, depending on the symptoms related with each condition and the degree the condition interferes with day-to-day activities. Coping with depression also, like the level of depression, differs from one person to another. Some people may find the condition very enabling and that they can’t seem to overcome it, while others managed to go through successful treatment.

It is very hard to comprehend how intense the “down” feelings of depression are to the sufferer, but we may be able to understand it a little, at the very least, if we know what the possible causes and the symptoms of depression are.

Below are some of the possible causes of depression:

    • Loss of something or someone important
    • Loss of control over your own life or the things around you
    • Illogical expectations
    • Disappointment
    • Negative thoughts

Here are some of the common symptoms of depression:

Emotional Symptoms
A person with depression may always feel an overwhelming sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger, hopelessness, mood swings, and helplessness.

Physical Symptoms
A person having depression may often sleep too much or too little, loss of appetite or overeating, constipation, irregular monthly period (for women), loss interest in sex, and weight loss or gain.

Behavioral Symptoms
Since a depressive person deals with “down” feelings, crying without reason can occur. Also, withdrawal from other people or the world in general, irritability, loss of interest on activities once loved, loss of interest in physical appearance, no set goals, and resort to abuse in drugs and alcohol are just some of the behavioral things you’ll notice with depressive individuals.

Other Symptoms
Because those with depression feel hopeless all the time, they blame themselves for the unpleasant events in life or they just have negative thoughts about the future.

Coping with depression is very challenging and requires you to be aware of the source of the condition while keeping a positive outlook in life. It also helps a lot to focus on things that bring joy in the heart in order to control bad thoughts, keep track of positive accomplishments, and try to be socially active.

Coping with depression may not be as easy, but we can offer assistance to those suffering from the illness by letting them know we are always there to care and listen.

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