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Depression and Solution


Depression can be described as a persistent feelings of sadness for a long period of time. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional respond to challenges in everyday life. Especially recurrent and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly at work, at school, and in the family.

Depression often persist in spite of a change of circumstances and causes feelings that are intense, chronic, and not proportional to a persons circumstances. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.


People may express their mood changes in form of; having difficulty in concentration, feeling extreme guilt or low self worth, hopelessness about the future, thoughts about dying or suicide, disrupt sleep, changes in appetite or weight, and feeling especially tired or low in energy. During a depressive episode, the person experiences depressed mood or loss of pleasure or interest in activities, for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks.
Depression or depressive episodes can categorized as mild, moderate, or severe depending on the number and severity of symptoms, as well as the impacts on the individuals functioning. However, the symptoms from mild to severe include;
• feeling sad or having a depressed mood.
• loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
• changes in appetite which can result to weight loss or gain.
• sleeping too much or having trouble sleeping.
• Inability to sit still, pacing handwriting, and slow movement of speech ( these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others).
• feeling guilt or worthless.
• Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions.
• Thoughts of death or suicide.

Causes of depression

The medical community does not fully understand the causes of depression. Depression can affect anyone—even a person that appears to live in a relatively lively circumstance. Depression can result from a complex interactions of social, psychological, and biological factors. People who have gone through adverse life events (bereavement, unemployment, traumatic events) are more likely to develop depression.

Depression contribute to nearly 40,000 suicide in the united states each year. Depression is a common mental illness worldwide, with an estimated 3.8% of the population including 5.0% among adults and 5.7% among adults older than 60 years. Approximately 280 million people in the world have depression.

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Factors that are likely to cause depression include:
• Genetic feature: if one of your parents is affected by depression, there is chances of you having the illness sometime in life.
• Differences in certain chemicals of the Brain can contribute to the symptoms of depression.
• personality: people with lower self esteem, are more likely to experience depression.
• Environment: continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty make some people more vulnerable to depression.

Treatment and solution

If a person suspect that they have mood that have last for two weeks or more, and other symptoms of depression, they should seek professional help from a doctor or a mental health specialist. Before a diagnoses or treatment, a health professional should conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation, including an interview and a physical examination. In some cases, a blood test might be done to make sure the depression is not due to a medical condition like a thyroid problem or a vitamin deficiency. The evaluation will explore medical and family history as well as environmental and cultural factors with the goal of arriving at a diagnosis and planning a course of action. You can manage the symptoms of depression in the following ways;
• Drug treatment: Brain chemistry may contribute an individual's depression and may factor into their treatment. For this reason, anti depressant might be prescribed to help modify one's brain chemistry. A person should only take these medications as their doctors prescribed.
• Psychotherapy or talk therapy:


This type of treatment is sometimes use alone for mild depression; for moderate and severe psychotherapy is often use along side with antidepressant medications. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is also effective way of treating depression.
• self-help: Aside from medication and psychotherapy, they are things you can do to reduce the symptoms of depression.


For some people, regular exercise help create positive feelings and improve mood. Getting enough sleep regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding alcohol ( a depressant) can also helps reduce the symptoms of depression. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, a first step is to see your family physician or psychiatrist.

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