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MD247 Discusses Depression
Depression is considered the common cold of mental disorders; most people will be affected by depression in their lives either directly or indirectly, most often by a friend or a member of the family. Confusion is commonplace about what depression exactly is, and what makes it different from just feeling down. Confusion also surrounds the many types of depression (e.g., unipolar depression, biological depression, manic depression, seasonal affective disorder and dysthymia) that people may experience. There have been so many terms used to describe this set of feelings that we have all felt at one time or another in our lives, that it is time to set the record straight through an article series by MD247.
Depression is characterized by a series of common symptoms. These include a persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood, and feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. A person who is depressed also often has feelings of guilt, worthlessness and a feeling of being out of control or helpless. They no longer take interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed; this may include things like going out with friends or even sex. Insomnia, early-morning awakening and oversleeping are all common.
Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain may be symptoms of depression in some people. Many others experience decreased energy, fatigue, and a constant feeling of moving in “slow motion.” Thoughts of death or suicide are not uncommon in those suffering from severe depression. Restlessness and irritability among those who have depression is common. A person who is depressed also has difficulty concentrating, remembering and considerable difficulty making decisions. There are also times when persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to traditional treatments; such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain can signal a depressive disorder.
Our next articles will cover:
- Determining if that “down feeling” is something more.
- The types and symptoms of depressive disorders.
- Causes of depression.
- Depressive disorders and women.
- Depressive disorders and men.
- Sexual dysfunction and depression.
- Treatment of depression.
Posted by: Michelle Germann
Created on: Wed 04 April 2012 01:41
Last modified: Never