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Causes of Depression and Their Treatments

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Depression is perceived to be the most common mental health problem in the United States. It affects 17 million each year of all ages, groups, races, and background. It is a very serious illness which everyone needs to have some understanding of it whether you’re suffering from it, or have a friend or loved one suffering from it, or whether you’re just hearing of it. Even if you’re not suffering from it or know someone suffering from it, it’s still good to familiarize yourself with it so that you can recognize its symptoms at any point in time get diagnosed immediately and get the help you or your friend or loved one needs. The secret to curing and overcoming depression in time lies in the early diagnosis of it. When you can perceive and recognize its symptoms in time, and seek treatment you can easily beat it.

What is Depression?

DepressionDepression shouldn’t be mistaken and misconstrued for the usual feeling of bad moods, sadness or feeling down. Such feelings are the common reaction to day to day events, and they are often overcome within a short time. When someone is depressed or have mood swings of weariness consistently for weeks, months, or longer and it obstructs the person from going about his or her daily activities, then that could be depression. There are different types of depression; they are major depression, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia, adjustment disorder and bipolar disorder or manic depression.

Causes of Depression

The causes of depression range from genetic to significant life events. That is if some or few members of a person’s family have suffered from it, it increases the person’s chances of developing depression. And if a person experiences a sudden change of events such as losing a loved one or the person someone is in a relationship with breaks their heart or moving to a new area can lead a person to become depressive.

Common Symptoms

  • Having little interest or pleasure in doing things
  • Trouble concentrating on things
  • Feeling down, depressed or hopeless
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling somehow tired or having little energy Feeling bad about yourself – Or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
  • When one could notice that their  moves and talks are too slow than used to be

How to Treat Depression

If you suspect depression, your first stop should be to see your regular doctor so that physical illness can be ruled out. If your doctor suspects depression, he or she can then refer you to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker who will then give you a proper diagnosis of it. Do not put treatment off, early detection and diagnosis is the key to quickly overcome it. There is nothing to be afraid of, more than 80% of the people who become depressed are treated successfully.

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