What is depression?

Depression affects approximately 350 million people worldwide, about 8.7% of the world’s population. Major depression affects more women than men, and is especially prevalent in adolescents and young adults. In fact, young adults have the highest rates of major depression of all age groups. Many people assume that all depressed people experience the “blue mood” or bad moods, and they attribute these feelings to one’s illness. However, not everyone with depression experiences a “blue mood.” In fact, the “blue mood” is considered a biological, not a psychological, manifestation of the depression.

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Causes of depression

Depression is usually caused by problems in a person's life. It can be triggered by a traumatic event. Medical conditions Depression is a common cause of low mood, especially in people who have a life-threatening illness, such as cancer, liver disease, or an AIDS-related illness. Antidepressants It is common for people with depression to use antidepressant drugs. It is common for people with depression to use antidepressant drugs. In some cases, the cause of depression is medication. Common drugs that can worsen depression include: antidepressants anti-anxiety medication antipsychotic drugs cognitive behavioral therapy dietary supplements Those who regularly take antidepressants should see a doctor about the side effects and how they can be reduced.

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Symptoms of depression

Depression can cause a range of physical and mental symptoms. Depression symptoms vary from mild to severe, and can present in a variety of ways.

Treatment for depression

Treatment for depression - light therapy Treatment for depression - medicating your sadness Diet Food We can't all be humanitarians and care about the suffering of others. But as individuals, we can reduce the suffering of ourselves and others. Research shows that the real keys to happiness are eating nutritiously, spending time with loved ones, taking care of your body (exercising), and feeling connected with others. So give yourself a break - don't worry about everyone else - worry about yourself and spending more time in nature, caring for your body, and connecting with loved ones. These simple acts will give you the strength to navigate the times you find yourself sad. Meditation Meditation is a form of self-care.

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The general public is not made aware of the knowledge and professional certifications of doctors. If you are feeling any type of depression, the first and best thing you can do is call a doctor and get to the bottom of the problem. Once you have a diagnosis, you will be taken to the right treatment plan and will be happy that you were able to find the proper help. It may feel overwhelming, but seek medical attention if you feel that you are in need.