According to the WHO, by 2020, it will be the most disabling pathology in the world after heart disorders.
17.3 million American adults have had at least one major depressive episode (7.1% of all US adults).
Depression is a life-threatening illness:
1 person dies every 40 seconds from suicide.
70% of people who commit suicide suffer from depression, most often undiagnosed or untreated.
What is depression?
Depression is a kind of mood change caused by a biochemical imbalance. Depression is only manifested by mental symptoms, as opposed to stress, where one can notice physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. This is one of the reasons why both are sometimes viewed in the same way. Depression results mainly from lack of self-confidence, pessimism, and other negative factors.
You can have dangerous symptoms in case of depression. These symptoms include alcohol or drug abuse and suicidal thoughts. In short, it can be said that stress-related symptoms would not contribute to dangerous outcomes, as in the case of depression.
Specific signs of depression
- Feeling sad and hopeless
- Withdraw from all commitments whenever possible (avoid contact with others)
- The total lack of energy and motivation
- The difficulty in making a decision, including the most trivial or minimal
- Eat more or less than usual
- Sleep more or less than usual
- Feeling bad about yourself (shame or contempt) or feeling guilty
- The feeling of anger or rage
Although the behavioral symptoms of poor nutrition, crying, isolation, anger, and abuse of drugs or alcohol also appear in stress, they do not give negative results. They are momentary in case of stress. On the other hand, psychologists found that the symptoms of depression usually lasted a very long time and therefore had a negative impact. This emphasizes that depression is very different from stress and should not be considered the same.
Are you depressed? Test Now!
When you’re going through a rough phase it’s normal to feel down for a while, emotions like sadness and grief help make us human.
But if you are feeling sad or miserable most of the time over a long period of time? You might have depression.
This self-test will help you to figure out whether you’re showing any of the warning signs of depression. This won’t give you a diagnosis but it will help you decide the next step.
Depression, an illness that can be treated
So, can depression go away?
The answer is "Yes" but unlike a broken leg that eventually recovers, depression is a psychic illness and the psychological dimension adds complexity to healing.
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In general, depression is treated with a drug treatment combined with a therapeutic action. We talk about healing when the patient has regained his usual morale over a satisfactory period.
The contents of this article are for informational purposes only. This is not professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding your condition.