Depression

We are familiar with the feeling of being down, sadness, and loss of interest. This feeling lasts for a short time in most of us, but if this feeling continues, it becomes problematic and eventually leads to depression.

Depression is a mental illness that can be treated with therapy and medicines (only if the condition is severe). As per the World Health Organization, depression tends to affect people of all ages such as children, adults and even adolescents.

Everyone experiences different kinds of depression and if this problem isn't addressed soon, it can hamper daily life resulting in less productivity and loss of healthy life. It has an impact on healthy relationships and also increases the risk of development of chronic health issues.

Causes

Depression is a serious condition and the cause may range from being circumstantial to biological. Some of the common causes include

  • Family history: People with a family history of depression have a higher risk of developing depression
  • Drug abuse: A history of drug abuse also increases the risk of depression.
  • Early childhood trauma: Often our childhood fears and stressful conditions leave a long-term negative impact on us.
  • Medical condition: People with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, the illness will also be at the risk of developing depression.

Symptoms

Depression has become pretty common in teenagers today. The constant drug and alcohol abuse increase the risk of depression. However, depression may often be confused with sadness.

The symptoms of a depressed person include

  • Low self-esteem
  • Having a negative image of self
  • Constant feeling of being low
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Slowed speech and movement
  • Loss of interest in previously loved activities
  • The feeling of guilt and worthlessness
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Change in appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tough time concentrating
  • Hard time making decisions
  • Irritation

Treatment

Depressed people have a tough time living and at the end of the day, it completely comes down to them on how they plan to improve their life. A psychiatrist or psychotherapist can be of great help in treating depression. Often the healthcare provider may also recommend medicines for treating depression.

Medicines such as anti-anxiety pills and antidepressants can help treat the condition. Apart from psychotherapy, experts have also recommended practicing meditation and acupuncture to treat the condition. Fish oil, and herbal supplements can help to treat depression. You might as well use essential oils for fragrances to calm your anxiety.