What is Depression?

Depression

Depression effects us all differently. But depression and all its side effects is no less or no more painful, deliberating, sad, motivationally draining, tiring, alienating, stressful, all these things and more, But whatever it is you are feeling its not good and it most likely feels that there is no way out of the depression. And yes I have felt all these things and more. I have slept for days and laid on my bed contemplating how best to remove myself from this world. That word I am too scared to say aloud as it may one day arrive and there will be nothing I can do about it except that I have thought about killing myself for hours and hours and hours deciding on the best and least painful way to succeed.

But this of course is only my opinion.

Professionals and excerpts pretty much agree on what depression is

  1. Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  3. Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  4. Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  5. Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  6. Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
  7. Feeling worthless or guilty
  8. Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  9. Thoughts of death or suicide

These feelings must last at least two weeks or more before a diagnosis of depression can be made.

Depression can affect anyone—even a person who appears to live in relatively ideal circumstances.

There are several factors that can play a role in depression:

  • Biochemistry: Differences in certain chemicals in the brain may contribute to symptoms of depression. Serotonin being a major one.
  • Genetics: Depression can run in families. For example, if one identical twin has depression, the other has a 70 percent chance of having the illness at sometime during their life.
  • Personality: People with low self-esteem, who are easily overwhelmed by stress, or who are generally pessimistic appear to be more likely to experience depression.
  • Environmental factors: Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse or poverty may make some people more vulnerable to depression.

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