Depression is Mental health?
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Being indifferent to those who suffer from this is what happens to most of our modern world. Please, it is important to know that it is the mental problem that affects many in silence… Here I share medical information with their respective links. Please don’t mock just help!
Depression is (also known as major depression or major depressive disorder) is a psychiatric disorder that affects mood, behavior, and overall health. It causes prolonged feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed. People with depression may also have changes in appetite (leading to overeating or not eating enough), changes in sleeping patterns (sleeping too much or not being able to sleep), loss of energy, and difficulty concentrating. Although depression is considered primarily a mental health disorder, it can also have physical.
Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life.
Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, environmental, psychological, and biochemical factors. Depression usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30, and is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
Change in weight
Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
Feelings of worthlessness
Thoughts of death or suicide
There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants and talk therapy. Most people do best by using both. Find additional resources for yourself or someone you care about.
Mild depression can make you feel low and as though everything is harder to do. Severe depression can lead to feeling hopeless and, in some cases, suicidal.
If you’re depressed, you’re not alone. In England, 3 in every 100 people will experience depression in any given week. Even more – 8 in every 100 – will experience mixed depression and anxiety.
Remember that help and support are available, and recovery is possible even if you’ve felt depressed for a long time. Different treatments work for different people, so talk to your GP about alternatives if something isn’t working for you.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression affects people in different ways. It can affect your mind, body and behaviour.
You might feel:
sad, upset or tearful
guilty or worthless
restless or irritable
empty and numb
lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem
unable to enjoy things that usually bring you pleasure
helpless or hopeless
anxious or worried
suicidal or want to hurt yourself
Physical symptoms can include:
tiredness and lack of energy
moving or speaking more slowly
sleep problems: finding it hard to get to sleep or waking up very early
changes in your weight or appetite
no sex drive and/or sexual problems
unexplained aches and pains
You might behave differently
avoid other people, even your close friends
find it hard to function at work, college or school
find it difficult to make decisions or think clearly
be unable to concentrate or remember things
Some people experience psychosis during a severe episode of depression. This means you may see or hear things that aren’t there or believe things that aren’t true
Different types of depression
Your doctor may diagnose you with depression and say that it’s mild, moderate or severe, depending on your symptoms and how severe they are. Or you may be diagnosed with a specific type of depression, such as:
dysthymia – mild depression that lasts for several years
seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – a depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern
postnatal depression – a depression that many parents experience after having a baby. Some people experience antenatal depression during pregnancy
What causes depression?
Depression is a complex condition. Different factors can lead to it, including genetics, physical health problems, difficult childhood experiences and stressful life events such as unemployment, the end of a relationship, or being bullied or assaulted.
You may find that a combination of factors led to your depression, or there might not be an obvious cause.
The first step to getting support is to speak to your GP. Many people wait a long time before seeing their GP, but the sooner you go, the sooner you can start to recover. If you’ve felt depressed for a long time, you may feel like it’ll always be part of your life – but try to stay open to the possibility of change. There are many different types of help available now.
A common treatment for depression involves a combination of self-help, talking therapies and medication. The right treatment for you will depend on the type of depression you have and how severe it is.
Your GP may offer you self-help resources. These are often available quite quickly and may be enough to help you feel better without trying other options. They include self-help books, online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or group exercise classes – there is evidence that exercise can help depression.
The NHS website has more information about self-help, including links to books, apps and online forums.
Talking therapies involve speaking confidently to a trained professional about your feelings and worries. Many different talking therapies are recommended for depression, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, psychotherapy and counselling. Your GP can advise you about which one you may find most helpful.
You can refer yourself for therapy if you live in England.
NHS waiting lists for talking therapy can be long, so ask your GP what you can do to help yourself while you wait. You can also find a private therapist if you can afford it – see our page on talking therapies for more information.
Another option is to take antidepressants. You can take them on their own or while having talking therapy.
There are several different types of antidepressants, so talk to your GP about which one might suit you best. If one doesn’t work, you may be prescribed another. You usually need to take them for one or two weeks before you start to feel the benefit.
Read more about antidepressants on the NHS website.
Ways you can look after yourself
If you’re depressed, you can take steps to lift your mood and help your recovery. These steps can help if you’ve been depressed in the past and want to stay well.
Talk about how you’re feeling. Talking to someone you trust, or finding peer support, can help you feel better and less alone.
Eat well. A healthy diet can lift your mood and maintain your mental health.
Stay physically active. Exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do, but it can ease the symptoms of depression. Research suggests it may be as effective as antidepressants in helping you feel better.
Spend time in nature. Research shows that being in nature can make us feel happier, feel our lives are more worthwhile, and reduce our levels of depression.
Avoid cigarettes and alcohol. They may feel like they’re helping at first, but they make things worse in the long run.
Consider mindfulness, a technique you can learn to fully engage in the present. Studies show it can help reduce the symptoms of depression.
Try talking therapy to stay well. NICE guidelines recommend CBT or mindfulness-based cognitive therapy if you’ve been depressed in the past.
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