Are you sad? Do you feel irritated all the time? Are you losing interest in the daily chores? Is it getting hard to concentrate on things? Are you getting deprived of your sleep? Are you having suicidal thoughts? Have you lost your appetite? If these are the problems you are facing in your daily life, you are suffering from depression. In today’s fast moving life, depression is common among people. Most of the people are suffering from this illness.
Depression is a real illness that impacts the brain. Depression is more than just ‘feeling low’. It is a serious illness caused by changes in brain chemistry. Although the scientists tell us that depression is a brain disorder, the debate continues about the exact causes. There are many factors which can contribute to the onset of depression. These include changes in hormone levels, genetic characteristics, certain medical illness, stress, grief or some kind of severe abuse. It can be caused due to failures on personal front. People get easily frustrated at some things. Nowadays, people tend to lack patience. They want everything at their fingertips and in case, they are unable to achieve that, they end up being depressed.
Not all the cases are same; some are serious mental disorders. Sometimes physical problems can cause depression. But other times, symptoms of depression are a part of a more complex psychiatric problem. Depression can be divided into different types. For example, an individual with major depressive disorder feels a profound and constant sense of hopelessness and despair. It interferes with the ability to work, sleep, eat and enjoy pleasurable activities. Dysthymia is a less severe but usually longer lasting type of depression compared to major depression. It involves long term symptoms that do not disable but yet prevent the affected person from functioning at full steam or from feeling good. Another type of depression is bipolar disorder, which encompasses a group of mood disorders that were formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression. These conditions show a pattern of inheritance.
Hold on! Hold on! The objective of this article is not at all to push you towards more depressed side of life. The purpose of this article solely lies in generating awareness about this disorder, its symptoms, causes, types and mostly importantly its treatment. Many people are unaware of the ways for treating depression. But there are several strategies for treating depression, depending upon each individual’s characteristics and symptoms, healthcare professionals my employ one or more types of psychotherapy that usually rely upon a sequence of interpersonal sessions with trained professionals or doctors. Moreover improvement in sleeping and eating habits, physical activities and stress reduction proves very helpful in managing symptoms. Meditation and yoga also contributes towards reducing depressions.
Tensions are part of life, but don’t let it turn into a depression! Lead a cheerful life! Be happy!

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