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Depression is a mood disorder that creates a constant feeling of unhappiness and loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed. Depression influences your emotions, thoughts, and actions. It can also lead to an array of emotional and physical complications. You may have difficulty doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may construct you feel as if life isn’t worth living.


When a person is clinically depressed, it is more than simply feeling "blue", or feeling "down" or even those temporary feelings of sadness that all humans experience at different times in their lives. Depression is a more serious condition, one which affects an individual's body AND mind. Depression effects every aspect of day-to-day life whether it is appetite, sleep, work, maintaining relationships, or even how an individual thinks about himself/herself. Those who are diagnosed as being "clinically depressed" are not able to "snap out of it" or start to feel better on their own. If depression is not properly and promptly treated, the person's symptoms can continue for very long periods of time - even years. They can worsen as time goes on and cause many related problem.


  • Loss of pleasure in normal activities.
  • Insomnia, or having too much sleep.
  • Lack of energy, tiredness.
  • Reduces or increases of appetite.
  • Restlessness, anxiety, irritation- an example would be uncontrolled and excessive worrying, pacing, inability to sit still.
  • Delayed body movements or speech
  • The feeling of being worthless, having extreme guilt, fixating on past life events and/or blaming yourself for things you had no control over.
  • Frequent suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, thoughts of death, or suicide.
  • Unexplainable conditions such as back pain, headaches, or other physical problems.
Some symptoms of depression are so apparent it’s obvious something just isn’t right. Other people may feel miserable or unhappy without knowing what the cause is.


There isn’t one cause that pinpoints where depression comes from or how it starts. Various mental disorders have a variety of influential factors, some of these factors can include;

  • Inhered traits. Depression is commonly found in those who have biological relatives who also have the condition.
  • Life events. Traumatic occurrences such as death or loss of a loved one, financial troubles, increased stress, or childhood trauma can trigger depression within people.
  • Brain chemistry. When the neurotransmitters that are a naturally occurring brain chemical get change to unequal proportions, it can cause or be associated with depression.
  • Biological differences. People who are experiencing depression or depression like symptoms can appear to have physical changes in their brain, which may be able to help pinpoint causes.


There are a wide variety of ways depression can be treated such as medications and psychological counseling. To determine what’s best for you or a loved one, a primary care doctor or psychiatrist will be able to prescribe medications to help reduce and relieve depressive symptoms. Here are some medications that are used to treat depression:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Known to be safer and have fewer side effects than some other antidepressants.
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. Medications such as Cymbalta, Effexor XR, and Pristiq.
  • Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors. One of the few antidepressants not frequently associated with sexual side effects.
  • Atypical antidepressants. These types of antidepressants can be sedating, and are usually taken in the evening.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants. Usually causes more severe side effects than new antidepressants.
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Is usually prescribed when other medications have failed, since this type of medication can cause heavy side effects, and a heavily watched over diet is needed for the reason of deadly consequences when mixed with certain foods, as well as other medications.
  • Other medications. Your doctor may add other medications in conjunction with your current antidepressant to enhance antidepressant effects.
It is important to monitor how you or a loved one is feeling while taking antidepressants since thoughts of suicide and suicidal behavior can increase when newly starting a prescribed medication. Psychotherapy Psychotherapy is an option in treating depression by talking about your related issues and condition with a mental health provider. Psychotherapy can also be known as talk therapy, counseling, or psychosocial therapy. These types of therapies can help you:
  • Find alternative solutions to cope and solve problems
  • Identify negative thoughts and associations and correlate them to positive ones
  • Regain control of your life and to help reduce depression symptoms
  • Learn how to set realistic life goals
  • Learn how to manage and tolerate stress
Hospitalization and Residential Treatment Programs In some cases, depression is severe enough that a hospital stay is required. Inpatient hospitalization may be a necessary action if you don’t have the ability to care for yourself properly or you're in immediate danger of harming yourself or someone else. Psychiatric treatment at a hospital can help keep you stable and safe until your mood improves.

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