What is depression?
Depression is a negative mood that may interfere with the aspects of one's life. It is characterized by feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt, loneliness, sadness, hopelessness, self-doubt, and guilt. Depression is normal everyday; it can last for a few minutes to a few days. At some periods of time, it might make you feel down or sad, but these feelings are part of being human. Now, if depression becomes intense and lasts for a while, then a dysfunctional form of depression may be occurring, which is beyond everyday depression. Should depression reach that level, seek the help of a mental health specialist.
What causes depression?
Loss of a family member or a friend
Loss of control over the environment.
Symptoms of depression
Sleeping too much or very little
Overeating or loss of appetite
Weight loss or gain
Irregular menstrual cycle
Gradual loss of sexual desire
Crying for no apparent reason
Getting angry easily
Unmotivated to accomplish goals
Loss of interest in one’s physical appearance
Loss of interest in activities
Turning to drugs or alcohol
Self-Defeating in Thoughts/Perceptions:
Feelings of being a failure
Criticizing oneself frequently
Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
Blaming oneself for unfortunate happenings
Being pessimistic about the future
Treatment: Overcome Depression & Positive Outlook
Depression requires one to seek out a good mental health professional for a correct diagnosis and a treatment plan. Major depression is usually treated with a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressants. Psychotherapy aims to teach patients how to overcome negative attitudes and feelings and to encourage them to return to normal activities. Drug therapy is intended to moderate or correct chemical imbalances that affect one's mood.