Depression: People tend to sense uncertainty to the real meaning behind the word depression, trying to determine the difference between a depressive illness to that of a miserable mood can be tricky at times. In the medical world doctors use the word depression in different terms. Symptoms of a depressive illness and gloomy dismal feelings are very much like a duplicated source therefore a solid excuse for any confusion. Almost anyone can suffer from depression some people see this illness as a sign of weakness, how far from the truth that is. Depression is a common ailment and is treatable. Someone who may have in the past experienced a bout of depression can expect the risk of a repeat dose.
Depression can often make a person feel sad, helpless, hopeless, and irritable. It is normal for people to have these feeling sometimes, but some people cannot just snap out of it and this is the difference between what is normal and major depression. It is the determination and brutality of the emotions that determine the mental illness of depression from normal mood changes. Depression is a very serious matter, which does not discriminate. Depression doe not care what your age is, what gender you are, or even what your race or social class is.
Approx 5/10 per cent of the population has had or are suffering from depression. They say women are more susceptible to suffer than that of the male species. People tend to question themselves or that of others as to why more are prone to this illness than that of other people. Has it anything to do with an individual's personality? Personality types differ greatly but this has nothing to do with why certain people in particular develop the illness. However there are slight risk factors that have been known (genetic factors inherited) from parents or their parents.
Mystery lurks behind why some people suffer from this illness but there are ways of identifying why it may have developed in others. Stressful events like bereavement, losing a job or even moving house can riddle you with depression. Depression, can strike at any time just like that of the common cold. And it is clear how the brain pattern changes when a person is depressed. Modern scans of the brain have deciphered just how hard the brain works and has found that certain parts like the front do not work as expected. It is also found that a patient has higher than what you would call normal levels of stress hormones.
Feelings experienced with depressive illness can stay with the patient for weeks sometimes running into months. There are different types of depression and how it can affect you. Depression is an illness that affects your body, mind, disposition, thought, sleep, energy, concentration, weight, and much more. Depression is not a mood, it is not a sign of personal weakness, and it cannot be simply willed away.
Clinical Depression Clinical depression is constant and can interfere significantly with an individual's ability to function by emotional experiences of sadness, loss, or passing mood states. Clinical depression can be devastating to all areas of a person's everyday life, including family relationships, friendships, and the ability to work or go to school.
Bipolar Bipolar disorder (manic-depression) is a mood disorder, which means that the symptoms are abnormalities of mood. Bipolar disorder involves episodes of both serious mania and depression. Bipolar disorder can have a devastating impact on sufferer's lives and can lead to suicide if it is not treated. Major depression is a more common illness, the symptoms of which are mainly those of 'low' mood.
Causes Several things can cause depression; one of the causes can be attributed to a deficiency of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that signal from one nerve cell to another. The immune system of a depressed person is usually very low and therefore ineffectively responding to diseases, including cancer. The everyday stressors faced by Americans have simply become too much for many to bear, and reasonably so. In recent years, taking an anti-anxiety medication or anti-depressant has become as common as taking a multi-vitamin.
How to Alleviate Two amino acids are known to alleviate depression in many persons. They are tyrosine and L-phenylalanine. The two amino acids are a natural precursor of certain neurotransmitters.
Disorderly Conduct of the brain. This is a psychological disorder which is hard to understand due to the trail of physical side effects, one being total exhaustion. Other known facts are, depressed people dream up to three times more that of the non sufferer. Major discoveries in psychology has given us hope in having a better understanding of what depression is all about. With the outcome of recent research there are now answers to questions that have baffled a great many in the past.
Standing your ground by facing up to what may be the cause behind your discomfort is a step in the right direction. If the death of a loved one has caused the pain/sorrow then the cure is time, time heals, so they say. For every venomous predator namely diseases that takes you as prey, remember there is an antidote. If you have any concerns about yourself or that of another person please talk to your local Medical Practitioner.