Hello, October is Depression Awareness month. Here is some information on the signs and symptoms of Depression. There is no need to feel any shame if you or a loved one are suffering from this illness. It is easily treated today, thanks to the advances in medicine and therapy.
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What is depression?
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people
What are the different forms of depression?
There are several forms of depressive disorders.
Major depressive disorder, or major depression, is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities
Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. Some people may experience only a single episode within their lifetime, but more often a person may have multiple episodes
Signs and Symptoms
Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once
pleasurable, including sex
Fatigue and decreased energy
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and
Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive
Overeating, or appetite loss
Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive
problems that do not ease even with treatment