Nowadays, you are very familiar with the word “Depression” it is a mood disorder that happens when someone feels the extreme emotion of sadness. You feel like it won’t go away, and it is a standard and treatable condition. Depression is not about being in a worse mood, but a serious issue one should discuss. If you are going through Depression and checking this article out, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
There are several symptoms of Depression. It affects people of all ages, sex, and backgrounds. You may feel sad and low emotionally. The body slows down physically, and you feel mentally and physically tired. You get many interruptions while sleeping, and it’s hard to get motivated or concentrate. Your thinking leads to every negative aspect of life. And even Depression can make you think of not wanting to live. You isolate yourself from others and your responsibilities. These symptoms work together to keep you caged in a cycle. For everyone, symptoms differ by their causes. Some can lead to some disorder or medical condition. So it’s essential to get a proper diagnosis.
These are the symptoms when you will understand one is going through episodes of Depression which include:
- You will feel an urge of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, and the desire to burst into tears.
- You feel anger and frustration, even over a small matter or a silly matter.
- You lose interest or pleasure in hobbies, sex, or sports.
- Disrupt sleep cycle, which either includes insomnia or oversleeping
- You feel tired and have less energy.
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
- You deal with Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness
- Slowed thinking, speaking, or body movements
- You always feel like you are guilty. You doubt your worth. And you blame yourself for your past.
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions, and remembering things
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, or suicide
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
Symptoms can be different in different people. Some people even feel very frustrated and unhappy without knowing the reason.
Depression For Children:
Most common symptoms of Depression in children and teenagers are similar to those of adults, but there can be some differences.
Symptoms of Depression in younger children may include sadness, irritability, clinginess, worry, pains, refusal to go to school, or being underweight.
Symptoms in teens may include sadness, irritability, feeling negative and worthless, poor performance or poor school attendance, feeling everyone misunderstands you and being extremely sensitive, using recreational drugs or alcohol, being angry, eating or sleeping too much, self-harm, loss of interest in everyday activities, and avoidance of social interaction.
Depression For the Elderly:
In older age, Depression should never be taken lightly. And if it is often left untreated in older people, they may hesitate to seek help. There are some symptoms such as:
- Personality or mood changes
- Difficulties in memorating stuff
- Aches and pain in the body
- Fatigue, loss of appetite, insomnia
- Homesick, ignoring socializing
- Suicidal thoughts are popping.
The exact causes are not known, but with many mental disorders, some factors can be involved, which are:
- Biological differences- People with Depression have uncertain physical changes in the brain.
- Brain chemistry- Neurotransmitters play a role in Depression
- Hormones- Hormones can be involved in triggering Depression. It can be during a pregnancy or postpartum period or from thyroid problems or specific problems.
- Inherited traits- Depression is more common in people whose blood relatives also have this condition.
Depression is mostly and often seen in the teens, 20s, or 30s, but it can happen at any age. It has been seen that more women than men are diagnosed with Depression. Factors that seem to increase the risk of developing or triggering Depression include:
- Certain personality traits include low self-esteem, dependency, self-criticism, or being the maximum negative time.
- Traumatic or stressful events such as physical or sexual abuse, the death or loss of a loved one, a complicated relationship, or financial problems lead to PTSD and give you anxiety attacks.
- Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender who aren’t male or female (intersex) in an unsupportive situation
- History of other mental health disorders, such as anxiety disorder, eating disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Being addicted to alcohol or recreational drugs leads to severe or chronic illness, including cancer, stroke, chronic pain, or heart disease
These methods can help to prevent Depression
- Start taking things in a positive aspect.
- Think positive of yourself. If you stop criticizing yourself, everybody will stop.
- Vent out to a person whom you trust, and talk with people, especially in times of crisis
- Seek help by talking to your therapist if you don’t want it to worsen.
- Boost your self-esteem.
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