Depressive Disorders are classified as mood disorders, more commonly referred to as Depression. Depression may be described as experiencing feelings of sadness or loss of interest in activities. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Also, it can decrease your ability to function both at work and at home. According to WHO, depression is a common mental illness worldwide. As such, depression is one of the highest priority conditions covered by WHO’s mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). This program helps over 100 countries to increase mental healthcare services and depression treatment for people who suffer from mental disorders.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
These are the signs and symptoms of depression. However, this can vary from mild to severe and may include:
- Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
- Loss of interest
- Changes in appetite
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
- Feeling worthless or guilt
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of sexual desire
You may find yourself feeling lost if start you experiencing any of these symptoms. Additionally, you may feel reluctant to seek help at times. However, It is important to make an appointment to talk to your doctor right away if symptoms persist.
Types of Depression
Some types of depressive disorders that may require treatment include:
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Postpartum Depression (PPD)
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Causes of Depression
The most common causes of depression include but are not limited to:
- Biological and Psychological Factors
- Environmental Factors
- Brain structure
- Horomal imbalance
- Substance Abuse
- Genetically Inherited traits
Therapy and Depression Treatment
Various effective treatments for moderate to severe depression exist to treat depressive disorders.
- Psychological treatment is one of the most effective for depression. Therapists treat patients using techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behvaior Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal Psychodynamic Therapy (IPT) among others.
- In addition to therapy, Antidepressant medication may be prescribed. The most common medications prescribed for depression are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs).
- Finally, support is the simple process to discuss practical solutions and possible causes to educate family members.
At We Level Up, we offer dual diagnoses that could help you with your depression. Treatment solutions will be customized
In conclusion, exercise, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and sticking with a routine can help keep depression under control. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor to find an effective treatment plan.
Risk Factors for Depression
Symptoms of depression can occur at any age but often begin in early adulthood. Some risk factors include:
- Abuse of alcohol or recreational drugs
- Serious or chronic illness, including cancer, stroke, chronic pain or heart disease
- Major life changes
- Traumatic or stressful events
- Personal or Family history of mental illness
Substance Abuse and Depression
In many cases, substance abuse and depression go hand-in-hand. In addition to that, Drugs and alcohol may lead to chemical changes in the brain that increase the risk for depression.
Certain medications have been linked to depression, including:
- blood pressure medication
- sleeping pills
- prescription painkillers
If you are taking any such medications, speak to your doctor about your concerns. Never stop taking a medication without first consulting your physician.
Complications From Depression
Depression is a serious condition and can progress when left untreated. Complications include:
- Family conflicts, relationship difficulties, and work or school problems.
- Self-mutilation, such as cutting
- Premature death from medical conditions.
- Pain or physical illness
- Anxiety, panic disorder, or social phobia.
- Alcohol or drug misuse
- Excess weight or obesity, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes
- Social isolation
- Suicidal feelings, suicide attempts or suicide
Recognizing that depression can cause physical health problems can help a person to seek treatment and make changes to help manage their symptoms.
In conclusion, Depression is treatable. A doctor may recommend a combined approach, using a medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. And most importantly, with the right support, a person can manage both the physical and mental health effects of depression.
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