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Depression as a Mental Disorder: What, How and Why?

Life is very difficult and prepares a lot of problems for us. To continue our living we have to learn how to overcome these problems. To my mind the struggle with them causes most of the diseases which make our life even more complicated. Certainly, then we begin to struggle with these diseases, too....so it's like a cycle (life is a funny thing, isn't it?).

At least the disease I'm going to tell you about is no doubt caused by life difficulties. I'm talking about depression.

Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through depression in a family member. Each year over 17 million American adults, for example, experience a period of clinical depression. Depression can interfere with normal functioning, and frequently causes problems with work, social and family adjustment. It causes pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the depressed person.

Depression is easy to identify having read its symptoms through. I mean, if you sleep badly it doesn't mean that you have depression already -- maybe there's something wrong with your bed or your lover snores too loudly. And if you have suddenly lost your appetite it still may be not depression but just the result of your wife's cooking. However, if you have more than 3 of listed below symptoms and they've been lasted for already more than 2 weeks.....you should start looking for a good psychotherapist.

The symptoms of depression are: constant feelings of sadness, irritability, or tension; loss of energy, feeling tired despite lack of activity; a change in appetite, with significant weight loss or weight gain; a change in sleeping patterns, such as difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much; restlessness or feeling slowed down; decreased ability to make decisions or concentrate; feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt; thoughts of suicide or death; decreased interest or pleasure in usual activities and hobbies.

The more symptoms you have the more complicated type of depresssion you own. And the more complicated depression you own the more reasons you have for going to the doctor. Light types of depression can be treated without a doctor. Such people should have much rest and peace, no conflicts or quarrels, much laugh and various pleasant things, finally, they should lead a healthy way of living. That's why, if you've got a cheap ticket to some desired place, quickly tell your boss you've got depression and need some rest (who knows, maybe it will work)!

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While depression can affect anyone, its effect may vary from your age and gender. Women are almost twice as likely to become depressed as men. The higher risk may be due to hormonal changes brought on by puberty, menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy.

Men are less likely to seek help and may show the typical symptoms of depression. But they are more likely to be angry and hostile or to mask their condition with alcohol or drug abuse. Suicide is an especially serious risk for men with depression. Older people may lose loved ones and have to live alone. They may become physically ill and unable to be as active as they once were. All these changes can contribute to depression.

Anyway, each type of depression is treated so you're not going to go mad with it! And if you are interested about how exactly depression is treated, you may find much information about antidepressants (and not only about them) here, on pillwatch.com.


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