Depression

 

When feelings of sadness and hopelessness last for days or weeks and keep you from functioning normally, you may be suffering from depression. 

 

Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to life’s struggles, or other issues in one’s life. When feelings of intense sadness last for days or weeks and keeps you from functioning normally, you may be suffering from depression, a treatable condition.

 

 

Symptoms

  • A depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Recurring thoughts of death, suicide or impending doom
  • Significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering details
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Extreme irritability and/or restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once pleasurable
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

There are no inevitable physical signs of depression, though some manifestations may be seen quite often. Outward signs of depression may include the following:

  • Always a victim of life
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Memory loss, poor concentration,
  • Pacing, hand wringing, and pulling on hair
  • Psychomotor retardation or agitation, such as slowed speech, sighs, and long pauses
  • Belligerence and defiance (especially in adolescents)
  • Slowed body movements, even to the extent of being motionlessness or catatonic
  • Uncontrollable tears and outward sadness

 

Types

There are a number of different types of clinical depression including:

  • Secondary – occurs after the development of a medical condition such as hypothyroidism, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or AIDS, or after a psychiatric problem such as schizophrenia, panic disorder, or bulimia
  • Manic – exhibits mood swings of bipolar depression from the elated highs of mania to the major depression lows.
  • Masked – hidden behind physical complaints for which no organic cause can be found.
  • Bipolar – displays behavior of switching between elated highs or major depression lows
  • Seasonal (SAD or seasonal affective disorder) – occurs only at certain times of the year
  • Psychosis or psychotic behavior
  • Postpartum – occurs in women with newborn children
  • “Substance Abuse” – Substance-Induced Mood Disorder (SIMD)

 

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