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What I Learned about Depression

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Depression affects women twice more than men

More women are affected by the Depression than men are!

Irrespective of the background of the individual, depression can creep up to you at any time. Bear in mind that the signs of Depression are not the same as in men and as in women.

Why are Women so affected by Depression?

Hormonal changes have a lot to do with Depression. The premenstrual syndrome is one of the biggest problems a week before menstruation.

Many women in that state of mind become irritable with mood swings. They tend to shout unnecessarily, and a woman can feel like everything around her has fallen apart.

Depression has something to do with genetic factors. Abused Individuals are affected by childhood. Psychological issues cause the Depression. The characteristics can affect one’s personality, and this too can lead to depression.

Women tend to overreact when a certain task fails and get all worked up about it. Problems make women feel guilty, and they blame themselves for what has gone wrong. Negatively speaking the individual becomes helpless and feels emotionally destroyed.

A friend of mine went through a bad time a few years ago. I had to spend time with her and after many conversations realized Depression can be fatal.

How are Men Affected by Depression?

The symptoms in men are not always visible as is in women.

Pay attention to the subtle symptoms, like when a man feels hopeless or cries constantly these are outward signs to look out for in the male side of the Depression. Men become angry and feel a sense of irritability and do not see themselves as depressed. Instead, blame their negative feelings on a bad day or a bad relationship with their partner or boss.

It is easy to hear about or encounter such individuals. The last few years have been traumatic with teenagers taking their lives for the cause of depression. Even the old people are depressed and do not know how to fix their lives.

Cases such as one person found hung up in their basement, another jumped off a bridge, are some of the tragedies which remain unexplained to their families. The individuals took their own lives and left the rest of the family thinks of many questions and no correct answers to help them out.

The loss of jobs, poor communication, poor parenting skills, bad relationships, financial issues, drug or alcohol abuse, are part of the depression. Any other addictions can lead to Depression.

The move to a different place or bad habits can cause you to be Depressed. People do not look at life as any other, especially when depressed. You never know when something can go wrong.

When I watched the movie Unsaid, it broke my heart to see how a family was torn apart due to the gruesome past. A boy of seventeen took his life, and his father found him dead in the car; this was just too emotional to take it all in.

Based on a true story, Unsaid, got me thinking even more about parenting skills. A parent can try their hardest to spend time with their children and think they know their children well enough.

However, that is not the case in many families. Parents do not always see the actual signs of Depression. The seventeen-year-old boy was a withdrawn child.

He did not want to be with anyone or go anywhere and was irritable, and bored, Most of the time he stayed in his room and the parents did not see this as any of the symptoms of Depression.

Happiness disappears from the Depressed individual. The moment of joy no longer exists. The joy in a child's life can vanish from a bad childhood experience, and from there on the sadness sets in.

If you ask a depressed individual if they are happy there will not be an answer. It is difficult for them to understand or say how they feel. The personality changes for depressed individuals, and most of the time they do not even know that they are depressed.

Dysthymia is what most individuals are diagnosed with, and this is a common problem. It is close to depression. Women are affected by Dysthymia more than men are and it is a relative to clinical depression.

Sleepless nights can be one of the symptoms of clinical depression. If you go to bed at the same time every night and still cannot fall asleep, and if you go to bed later and still fail to fall asleep then you should be concerned.

Are you Familiar With Low-grade Depression?

The individual experiences more unhappiness than joy in the Low-grade, Depression. There are more bad days than good days.

People with Low-grade Depression feel the need to find something to make them happy or to achieve a goal then only will happiness prevail.

The problem is they do not admit their issues instead live in denial. People who are not affected by the Low-grade Depression do not have these fixations and show what they have to offer. The individual with Low-grade Depression would let the weather get in the way of their actions.

''I am unable to go out today the weather is terrible.''

It is difficult for the individual to try to go outside in such bad weather conditions. You do have your good and bad days.

The problem arises when you are not able to cope with each day. If you have far too many negative thoughts about your life and you are affected by poor, stressful moments depression can slowly creep up on you.

Low-grade Depression takes your energy for two years and this can be worse than not being yourself for a few months. A woman takes care of her depressed husband because his mental state is poor.

The wife is in a tough situation as her husband requires constant care. He cannot be left alone at any time.

In this case, she works from home, it is convenient for her to take care of her husband. I have not met her husband, but from our conversations she has lots to deal with and feels less energetic. Bad experiences can make a person depressed, and it can leave a hole in your heart for years.

Who has not experienced Depression?

At some point in your life, you must have experienced depression, so you should have an idea of what I am talking about here. Childhood memories can destroy the individual. Once older just like one having a bad habit that you should get rid of.

Remember, it is never your fault!

What kind of negative thoughts can go through your mind?

  • The feeling of nothing will come right for you.
  • You think of the worst scenarios before the best scenarios.
  • It feels too much and not easy to cope with this can be from a task or a decision.

The following Symptoms of Low-grade Depression:

The person feels sad, most dissatisfied with themselves just like they have not tried hard enough. The majority of the time people think negatively. The normal days still exist, but the moods are still quite low.

There are changes in one's eating habits. Most of the time one feels extremely tired. The individual puts unnecessary pressure on themselves.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Devika Primić

Comments

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 18, 2014:

Janellegems thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts here.

Pennington on March 17, 2014:

Excellent, informative hub. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of depression, the different types and the natural ways to recover from it. This is absolutely needed to help many people.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 23, 2014:

raymondphilippe thank you fro sharing your thoughts on this delicate topic.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 23, 2014:

Suzanne Thank you for the vote useful I appreciate all your efforts in commenting on my hubs

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on February 22, 2014:

Runningtherapy is often mentioned as a natural treatment for depression. Thanks for discussing this potential severe disorder.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 22, 2014:

I think depression can happen when people don't feel like they will be OK in the future. It can be rather scary. If they can teach themselves that they will be OK and things will improve, then the depression eases a bit. Voted useful.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 12, 2014:

lisavanvorst thank you depression affects most individuals and the problem deteriorates when they don't notice the actual symptoms.

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on February 11, 2014:

Excellent article. I too wrote an article about depression. It definitely can affect how you live. I look forward to reading more.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 11, 2014:

ChitrangadaSharan thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts here.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2014:

Depression is a very common problem today almost everywhere. Great hub highlighting this subject.

The adverse effect it has on people are manifold. We must learn to deal with it.

Thanks for sharing this useful hub!

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 11, 2014:

MartieCoetser you are so right to prevent this dreadful disease and should not underestimate it. Thank you kindly for commenting on What I learned About Depression.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 11, 2014:

Hi MsDora I agree with you about these stories being repeated in other families and a serious topic indeed thank you for coming by here.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 11, 2014:

sallybea so kind of you to comment here I agree with that ''Not enough money is being spent on mental health.'' I appreciate your comments.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 11, 2014:

kidscrafts ''What I learned About Depression'' is a huge problem in society and should be taken seriously when the symptoms are noticed and for sure ''There is for sure a lot of work to be done to help people with depression!'' Thank you for commenting.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on February 10, 2014:

Depression is a powerful disease. If not recognised and treated it will certainly kill us slowly but thoroughly. Thank heavens I have learned the hard way how to prevent it, or if it has managed to get a grip on me, how to cure it without delay. But don't let me become too sure of myself. Its power should never be underestimated. Very comprehensible hub about depression. Thanks DDE :)

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 10, 2014:

Devika, the stories of depression you referred to, might have been repeated over and over in other families. This is a topic we dare not overlook. Thank you for highlighting and for sharing your experience and your knowledge.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on February 10, 2014:

DDE - I definitely think that depression is more prevalent today though perhaps people talked less about it in years gone by. I only today heard that an acquaintance of ours committed suicide after his father died.

Not enough money is being spent on mental health, in fact cuts are being made everyday, especially when we all know that the current financial pressure on everyone is worse than ever. People need to know that there are places that can help before they need to take their own lives in their hands.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on February 10, 2014:

I think that most of the problems come from the fact that families are scattered. Before people were sticking together and helped each other. Instead of watching the television, people would sing or read and.... talk!

There are a lot of divorces as well and I think this doesn't help children especially when there are nasty divorces.

There is for sure a lot of work to be done to help people with depression!

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 10, 2014:

billybuc you are so right thank you for stopping by

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 10, 2014:

Hi FlourishAnyway depression is more prevalent today thank you for sharing your important note.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2014:

I think without a doubt depression is more prevalent today...and will continue to get worse as long as society pays less attention to social services and the needs of the people.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 10, 2014:

As you've referenced in some of the cases here, Devika, depression can kill. For anyone who feels depressed I encourage them to seek qualified professional assistance.

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