Depression grabs a hold of millions of people from nation to nation, country to country, state to state, city to city, house to house, person to person. It can be debilitating, life altering, and a very frightening and scary state to be in. It not only affects the individual but the family as well.
Depression is a disease just like having diabetes or allergies. Depression is caused by various factors; it can be situational, chemical, or both. Depression can be triggered by the loss of a loved one or feeling the loss of everything.
Depression is considered a mood disorder and characterized as clinical depression or major depressive disorder. Depression is more than just feeling “sad” or “down” it may require professional treatment to help gain control. Treatment may include medications or therapy and maybe both.
Depression can be caused by various factors or multiple factors. From brain chemistry and biological differences to hormones, life events, and inherited traits. It is shown that women are more likely to be diagnosed than men, and the reasoning behind that is women are most likely to seek treatment.
Some people may experience depression once in their lifetime or have it happen multiple times over their life span. Depression can be debilitating and can cause an array of emotions and symptoms. Some symptoms happen daily and happen all day. Symptoms may include; angry outburst, insomnia, tiredness, sleeping too much, loss of enjoyment in pleasurable experiences, appetite suppression or increase in appetite, anxiety, crying, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, trouble concentrating or staying on task, thoughts of suicide or death.
Depression does not have an age limit. Depression can affect each individual differently. It can affect children, teens, and adults of all ages. Although the symptoms can be slightly different from one another they are all relatively similar. In younger children they might show clinginess, unexplained aches or pains, not wanting to go to school or not interested in eating. Teens tend to turn to alcohol or drugs, self-harm, and loss of interest in activities or social interaction. In some teens it is seen through eating disorders. Some of the symptoms might be less obvious in adults such as, tiredness, sleep disturbances, suicidal thoughts, and isolation.
Depression can cause complications if untreated. Untreated depression can turn the individual to alcohol and other substance abuse, cause social isolation, family conflicts, anxiety and other panic disorders, cutting or self-mutilation, and premature death. If you feel that a loved one was improperly treated for depressions which lead to suicide, you have the right to seek legal advice concerning any causal effects related to medications and other forms of treatment.
It is important that if you have any of the following symptoms for more than 2 weeks to seek medical and professional help. If depression is not treated it can worsen as time goes on. Often times patients are unwilling to seek the appropriate help. It is not a sign of weakness; it is an illness that can be treated with the appropriate medical help. Having suicidal thoughts is a warning to seek help as soon as possible. There is help through doctors, counselors, and suicide hotlines are 24/7.