Sad feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. Everyone faces these feeling every now and then, but depression is a much more serious condition, as it will interferes with your daily activities and affects everyone you care about. Many people choose never to seek depression treatment and that is a major problem since depression disorder is curable with proper treatment.
There are various forms of Depression:
- Major – These severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. A person may experience one or more forms of this depression in their life.
- Persistent – This type of depression can last up to 2 years in length.
- Psychotic – A form of psychosis, where a person loses touch with reality and starts to hallucinate.
- Postpartum – Many mothers experience this type of depression, which is much more serious than the “baby blues” that women experience after giving birth. NIMH estimates that 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – This occurs in winter months where there is less natural sunlight. In some situations, it can be effectively treated with light therapy.
- Bipolar disorder – This is not as common as major depression and is characterized by major mood swings – from extreme highs (e.g., mania) to extreme lows (e.g., depression).
Depression has many causes and can be a combination of environment, psychological and/or genetic. Sometimes, Depression runs in in families; however, it can also occur in families with no prior history of depression. Sometimes Grief and Trauma, a difficult relationship , or any stressful situation may bring on depression.
Signs & Symptoms
You may be have a slight form of depression if you experience any of these:
- Do you have a hard time falling asleep?
- Do you feel tired all the time? and Do you feel like sleeping all the time?
- Do you have a hard time getting out of bed?
- Do you have a hard time finding an appetite to eat which has led to a loss of weight?
- Do you feel worthless or helpless?
- Does nothing make you happy?
- Do you always feel irritable?
- Do you have a decreased desire to do normal activities with your family or significant other?
- Do you feel like nothing will ever get better?