Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide so we should never underestimate this illness. At the same time, although depression is widespread, it is still one of the most treatable diseases out there.

Yes, I have called depression an illness or something better but a disease. That’s exactly what it is. Contrary to what some may think, Depression is a disease. Depressed people do not just wake up one day and say They want to be depressed and feel sad and helpless. It is not something people CHOOSE to do. No matter what other people say, it’s not something you can just “break.”

At the same time, depression is not something you should be ashamed of. It is a terrible disease that can even take a person’s life if left untreated. As with any serious illness, depression needs treatment. The thing is not to LIVE in that depressing state. There is help available. Therefore, through this website, I hope to educate and help those suffering from Depression.

Causes of Depression

What causes depression? That is a good question. In fact, there are many factors that can contribute to depression. Much depends on the type of stress a person has. Some researchers feel that major stress is caused by a physical defect, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain or in other areas.

Other factors associated with depression are related to one’s lifestyle. Things like; allergies, prescription drugs, caffeine, alcohol, illicit drugs and even tobacco. If a person has a specific health problem such as; cancer, utensils, hepatitis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, chronic pain, hormonal (rare) disorders such as thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland; serious illnesses, anemias or other blood disorders, or other factors such as malnutrition, genetics, and poor childhood experiences can contribute to depression.

Some people claim that stress is a result of faulty thinking and that the mind creates an imbalance and can thus correct it. They believe that the mind needs to be corrected with “therapy therapy.” Studies have shown that there is compelling evidence that many people are relieved of even severe stress by adjusting their thinking by trained counselors. This will show that in some forms of depression a person’s mental or emotional well-being, not a physical disability, plays a key role.

It is true, and research has shown that the way we think can affect our brain chemistry. How do we respond to things like; love, anger, hatred, jealousy and other negative emotions have been found to produce chemical changes in the body. When we are dealing with marital problems, pressures from work or family, financial problems, loneliness, hopelessness and a loveless life can all contribute to depression.

Also, if a person focuses on the depressing thoughts through television, motion pictures, or sexually explicit material, these things can color his emotions and cause distress. Especially when a person spends a lot of time getting involved in these activities.

So, basically, the causes of depression can vary as much as the one you are dealing with, but in most cases, depression seems to be caused by one of two things; A traumatic event in human health or a chemical imbalance of the hormone messengers of the brain. At the same time, in some cases, there is no direct reason.

Depression can break into two caterpillars; Severe Depression (also known as Unipolar Depression) and Mild Depression (also known as Dysthymia). Other common types of depression are; Bipolar Disorder, also known as Manic-Depression Disorder and Post-Partum Depression.

Like many other disorders, depression has a hallmark of communication. The thing is, symptoms are not always easy to spot. In fact, Dr. David G. Fassler once said, “Sadness is normal, healthy emotions; depression is a disease. The challenge lies in understanding and recognizing the difference.”

The main reason that it is difficult to see the symptoms is that most people go back to ‘the blues’ or ‘blues’ and so on. The difference between ‘blues’ and depression is related to two things; thickness and length of the condition. Fatigue involves the degree to which negative feelings harm a person. Time affects the length of a person’s empty state.

Minor depression is usually short-lived, often when things do not go as planned or the realities of life become more difficult and more difficult to deal with.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression or Clinical Depression is different from ‘blues’ and is defined as a persistent combination of the following five symptoms:

  • Feeling very guilty
  • Uselessness and despair
  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest
  • Disruption of inactivity by gaining weight or losing weight
  • Constant fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Low sex drive
  • Inefficiency
  • Feeling worthless
  • Crying spells (usually without good reason)
  • Self-loathing
  • Non-determination
  • Failure to find any happiness in life
  • Despair
  • Suicidal thoughts

Types of Depression

  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Depression in Men
  • Teen/Child Depression
  • Depression in the Elderly

Major Depression

Extreme frustration strikes people of all ages, backgrounds, and races. Whether you are male or female, you can be a victim of Major Depression.

Prolonged anxiety, sadness, fear, or other negative emotions often result in depression. Perhaps you recently lost a loved one in death, got a divorce, lost your job, or became seriously ill. All of this can lead to stress.

Other Causes of Depression It is possible for a person to go through a traumatic experience, as all the huricanes have always been. Some have lost everything they owned. Many face stressful situations and develop feelings of hopelessness and cannot see a way out of a difficult situation. All of this can be frustrating.

Scientists believe that stress may be linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain. These inequalities may be inherited or otherwise imposed. In today’s world, obsessed as it is with the physical. Such stress, along with negative thoughts and feelings, can affect the body and contribute to chemical imbalances in the brain, thus leading to depression.

When it comes to Severe Depression (or Clinical Depression), this means that depression is very difficult to require for any particular type of treatment. Depression often involves your whole body. Which means it affects one’s emotions, thoughts, biochemistry and behavior. Depression affects the way we eat, sleep, think and feel. Put simply, depression affects not only our mind but also our body.

There are several treatments for Depression, some of which will be discussed in more detail in the pages of ‘Treating Depression’. When major depression is diagnosed, the only recommendation for non-depressants is psychotherapy, or ‘talk therapy.’

One of the most common forms of ‘speech therapy’ is Cognitive-Behaeveal Therapy (CBT). This type of treatment helps the depressed person to understand how his or her thoughts affect his or her emotions and behavior. In this way he can work to change the way he thinks. This type of treatment also helps people to learn to experience greater fulfillment through their actions. Depressed souls are taught how to change their ways of thinking that make them feel depressed.

Interpersonal Therapy is another common form of ‘speech therapy.’ This type of treatment involves talking about a patient’s personal relationship that not only causes depression but also worsens it.

By talking about your problems and difficult areas in your life, and trying hard to fix them, especially with a caring and sick therapist, people with Major Depression can help find better ways to deal with their problems and depression.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression Disorder has the following symptoms according to many doctors:

Stressful episodes with moments of emotion and energy escalating. In fact, these ‘highs’ are usually blue. This higher class is often called Mania. When a person with Bipolar Disorder is at an advanced stage, they are often less optimistic when they are overworked with unprecedented energy.

Other symptoms may include thoughts of rushing, excessive talking and decreased need for sleep. In fact, most of the time a patient can stay awake for days but still have a lot of energy.

Because this high level is a product of brain chemical imbalances, scientists now believe that people suffering from Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression Disorder can be successfully treated about 80% of the time with certain types of medication.

Those most at risk of developing Bipolar Disorder are people with family members who have the disease. Bipolar disorder is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, caused by a gene or a genetic defect. The good news is that there is hope for the sick. As mentioned above, those with Bipolar Disorder can be successfully treated.

According to a study, Bipolar Disorder is known to afflict an estimated 1.2% of U.S. people. That figure is misleading because researchers claim that about 75% of cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Fortunately, great strides have been made in treating the disease. In many cases, symptoms can be successfully treated with medication and alternative therapies.

The most common treatment for those with Bipolar Disorder is to use a combination of antidepressant and psychotherapy. The main neurotransmitters used for the treatment of bipolar disorder include Lithium Carbonate, Depakote and Tegretol. Lithium carbonate has long been a major drug used in the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is very effective in reducing mania, and can also prevent recurrence of depression.

There are many types or types of psychiatric treatments, such as; cognition, behavior, or mental functioning; individual, family or group. Any of these types of treatments can be effective in treating those with Bipolar Disorder.

In severe or depressed patients or those who do not respond to treatment, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is sometimes used. ECT works fast, so it is often used to help patients who are considered to be at high risk of suicide.

If you suffer from Bipolar Disorder, it is important for your Doctor to monitor your treatment closely as most medications can be toxic. Because people react differently to treatment and it is impossible to predict how your body will respond, your doctor may need to try different medications when starting your treatment.

If your spouse or family member suffers from Bipolar Disorder, it is very important that you participate in any treatment they may offer. You may need to pay close attention to them, especially when they are in the public domain. Help them avoid consuming caffeine, such as; coffee, tea, sodas and chocolate. Alcohol should also be avoided. When a man is in the manhood it is important to see his doctor, so you may need to call because most patients often refuse treatment at this stage.

Bipolar Disorder is a very serious condition but scientists now believe that it can be successfully treated about 80 percent of the time with residual rest and medication. So when they are diagnosed early, and treated appropriately, many sufferers and their families can lead an enduring life.

Post-Partum Depression

Contrary to popular belief, pregnancy is NOT a fun and exciting thing! Studies have shown that 15-20% of pregnant women experience depression. Of these, as many as 15% are severely depressed and attempt suicide.

Depression that occurs during pregnancy is called perinatal depression. It is difficult to say exactly how many women experience this type of depression because during childbirth there are symptoms such as depression; changes in body weight, sleep problems, fatigue and emotional problems. Studies have also shown that depression is one of the most common causes of complications during pregnancy.

During pregnancy a woman’s hormones are constantly changing and this can cause chemical changes in the brain that can lead to depression. If, during pregnancy, a woman goes through a traumatic or traumatic event, such as death in the family, this can also lead to depression. There are many other things that can cause stress during pregnancy. Some of them can be; marital or financial problems, lack of family support, worries about pregnancy or childbirth, a problem with previous pregnancies, a history of substance abuse or a family history of depression.

When a woman becomes depressed after pregnancy, this is called Postpartum Depression. Shortly after childbirth hormonal changes occur in a woman’s body that can cause symptoms of depression. Postpartum depression should not be confused with “Baby Blues,” which is diagnosed by 80% of mothers and lasts a few days to a few weeks after giving birth.

Postpartum depression can occur at any time during the first year after birth. Other factors besides hormonal changes may contribute to postpartum depression such as; postpartum fatigue and inadequate rest, lack of support or support from your spouse or family, anxious feelings about having a new baby to care for, pressure to not be able to work or do anything at home. Some women even feel that they have lost more than their pre-pregnancy numbers, but also their self-awareness of who they are or who they were before their pregnancy. Some even feel that they have been defeated.

Many women do not tell anyone about their feelings or symptoms because they are shy or timid. Some even feel guilty because they are said to be happy. They worry about what other people think. The fact is, postpartum depression affects a woman’s well-being and often causes her to become inactive. That is why postpartum depression requires medical attention. There are many services available for those who suffer from postpartum depression such as; individual counseling, support groups and medications. The thing is to use whatever each woman needs to feel like her again.

Other things that can help get a lot of rest. Try to fall asleep while the baby is asleep. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with family chores or watch your child or other children. Do not keep your feelings in the bottle, talk to your spouse, family and doctor. Don’t spend too much time alone on your negative emotions. Join a support group or take a look at online chat rooms for women who have found the same thing. You may be surprised at how many women have experienced postpartum depression. Try to alleviate your anxiety.

So in a nutshell, if you are experiencing postpartum depression please do not hesitate to get the help you need. Remember not to be ashamed, embarrassed, or guilty. Even celebrities like Brooke Shields and Marie Osmond have gone through the stress of Postpartum. They even wrote books about their experiences in order to help those in need. Therefore, do not delay. Get the help you need now. You and your child deserve it!

Depression in Men

Why add a page to Depression in Men? Is depression in men different for women? In the past, depression was actually considered a “disease or disease of a woman.” Today, studies have shown that depression affects more than six and a half million men in America alone! No one is immune to depression. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, no matter what your nationality, or age, you may be a victim or a victim of depression. No one is immune to this dreaded disease.

Now what is the difference between depression in men and women? Symptoms of depression in men are different and are often not seen even for some reason. First, many men deny that they have a problem or stress because they say they are “strong or have eyes.” Seeking help in dealing with their depression is like admitting that they have a problem or that they are weak. So instead of seeking help, many men deal with their frustration by taking a lot of things; like working overtime to use their time and keep them busy. Others use alcohol or drug abuse to ease their pain.

By suppressing their emotions, many men begin other difficult life situations, such as; ulcers, high cholesterol levels and even high blood pressure. This adds to their pain many men feel that there is no way out, they turn to suicide. What men fail to realize is that depression is not a type of human trait and certainly not a weakness. Depression is a terrible disease! One thing to keep in mind is that depression, as serious as it can be, can be treated and many people recover from it.

What causes stress in men? Like many other forms of stress, there are several factors that can contribute to depression. Such as pressure from your job, family, or life. Genetics can also play a role. If a man is between 30 and 60 years old Andropause can be the cause of his depression. What is Andropause? Andropause is the male version of menopause. Also known by the name Partial Androgen Deficiency in Aging Male (PADAM). Just as women experience menopause because as they get older their hormone levels drop, so do men. In women, their estrogen levels drop and in men, their Testosterone levels drop.

Teen/Child Depression

Childhood should be a happy, stress-free time. So why put up a Teen and Childhood Depression page? Yes, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, many ‘one in five children experience periods of depression.’ Depression is a very common factor in teen homicide. Studies show that about 8 percent of youths attempt suicide, and over the past 30 years the number of suicides has increased by almost 300 percent! The statistics are terrifying.

So what causes teen or child stress? There are actually a number of things that can be involved. One major factor could be the loss of a family member, friend, or pet. This loss does not necessarily involve death. It can be the loss of a parent through divorce. It could also mean moving to a new city or school and leaving behind friends or loved ones. All of this can leave a child or a teenager feeling lost and insecure. Such loss can result in chemical imbalances in the brain that often cause depression.

There are other factors that can contribute to depression in a teenager or a child. Common physical and emotional changes brought on by adolescence, loneliness, child abuse or overly critical parents, children living in homes where there is often disagreement between parents, failure to meet parental expectations, neglected children or even children with poor or overprotected parents can all bring stress. Other things like that; Malnutrition, substance abuse, genetics, and certain medications can be factors. Even children with learning disabilities are prone to depression. So there are many possible causes, but how do you know if a child or child is depressed and how can they be helped?

It is often difficult to detect depression in children or adolescents because the sufferer may experience other symptoms such as pain, headache, insomnia, anorexia or bulimia, constipation or fatigue. One of the best ways to handle this is to work from the bottom of the list eliminating issues that aren’t worth the fight. They no longer want to spend time or play with friends or relatives. They lose focus, feel worthless, experience sleep disorders, feel rejected by everyone, crave food, feel guilty, and talk about wanting to die.

Another reason why it is difficult to say whether a child is depressed or not is because children try to hide their depression by not letting it or hiding it. Many youths do not openly admit their problems. They fear that if they turn to their friends, they will be ridiculed. So instead of taking it all out, they keep it in a bottle until it eats away at them. Others turn to drugs, alcohol, illicit sex, theft or other forms of immorality. These are just some of the ways that they try to hide their emotions and hide their depression.

The best way to help depressed teens is to open up to them. Give them a chance to express themselves. If you are the parent of a depressed teen, always speak to them in a kind and loving way. Do not underestimate their grief. Let them know you are there for them and want to help. Take the time to be with them. Do fun things together one by one. Let them know that they are loved and appreciated.

Don’t just think they know. Show them. Gain their trust. Never dismiss that person as useless. There may be times when you need to act in a loving way to help them, since their thinking may be confused. Still, always try to be patient and understanding. Commend them, and give them the support they need. By doing these things you will show that you care and will help them a lot in their recovery process.

Many experts advise that victims of depression should seek professional help because of the risk of suicide. The victim may also need prescription medication or talk therapy. In many cases, a combination of medication, individual therapy, and family group therapy is needed to help the depressed child.

Many youths often feel isolated, lonely, empty, and empty. If you are a young person experiencing these feelings. NEVER feel lonely. There is your help. Talking to others and really pouring out your heart is one of the best ways to handle this. You may not think so but simply opening your chest and pouring out your heart to a compassionate person can be a healing process and provide great relief.

Give it a try. There is always someone to turn to. If you feel that you cannot go to your parents, talk to another relative or tell one of your friends, or preferably one of your teachers or other school counselors. With the right help and treatment, YOU CAN BE HAPPY AGAIN. Take that step. Do it for yourself, YOU HAVE TO !! I wish you the best of luck.

Depression in the Elderly

As mentioned earlier, Depression affects people of all ages, as well as the elderly. Depression in Adults shows little difference than in adolescents. Instead of being a source of sadness or anguish, depression in the elderly is characterized by such things as loss of memory, concentration, and thinking ability. Many older ones are plagued with feelings of guilt because of trivialities. The things that used to be fun to them are no longer important.

Physical and mental fatigue can also be a source of stress for the elderly. Many times poor health or extreme anxiety, such as, fear of crime. The elderly may feel depressed because they are no longer as strong as they used to be. Many times they feel like they are on their way. They may feel unloved and unwanted. This is especially true when they have lost a mate. Which brings another problem, loneliness.

Despite all of this, the oppression of the elderly is sometimes difficult to see. Often people make a mistake as a sign of ‘old age.’ The best way to replicate and point to stress in older people is by contacting them regularly. There are family members who are in a very good position to do this.

Sadly, in today’s world, many people find it extremely difficult to care for their elderly relatives or simply not to be disturbed, so they end up in a nursing home or even in a foster home. This only adds to their stress because it brings more loneliness, so they often give up life.

The primary reason that the elderly lose their will is that of isolation, loneliness, and depression. Many older people feel that they have lost touch with their dignity, their power, and their control over various matters. Anxiety and fatigue can affect mental balance. Because of the debilitating effects of aging or even the stress of being constantly sick, many older ones express a desire to die. This should not surprise us.

There are several ways in which elderly ones can be comforted in their depression. For one thing, be discerning. Don’t talk to them down. Try to treat them with respect and dignity. Above all, be patient with them. Many times the elderly are unable to do as much as they used to and do not respond immediately. So patience is vital. Even if you say so well, try not to behave in a depressing or authoritative manner and avoid the urge to stay in control. This can rob them of confidence.

Helping the Elderly in Their Depression may require a few steps. Make sure they get enough rest and eat well. Most of the time when Adult lives alone, they do not eat often or do not eat enough. This is important because older adults are taking anti-retroviral drugs. If they do not get enough food in their system and take their medication, this can be very harmful. At the same time, many older people forget to take their medication and sometimes even take the wrong dose. This too can be dangerous.

Since a depressed mind is less likely to think positively about facts, it needs to be revived. When friends and relatives support you during this difficult time, it can be very helpful. If your aging parents are not living with you, always remember that hearing them can mean a lot to them. Write an exciting letter, send photos of grandchildren, make a simple or best call, a visit can be very helpful in their happiness. Remember, one day we could be on their level, so we want to set an example for our children so that we do not forget our ‘golden years.’

So with love, patience, empathy and especially understanding, we can help our elderly relatives and appreciate that they are loved and appreciated. This can help reduce their feelings of depression.

Treatment of Depression

Getting help for depression is about hitting it now and preventing it from coming back. It’s about living without worrying about it coming back or being a regenerative problem.

There are several ways to treat depression. Some of these are:

Antidepressant

Anti-depressants are drugs used to help people with Depression. With the help of anti-depressants, many people have been able to achieve great recovery from their depression. Researchers believe that Antidepressants work by reducing the removal of certain chemicals from the brain itself. Anti-depressants are only prescription drugs so a depressed person MUST seek the help of a health care professional.

There are many types of anti-depressants, including:

  • Selected Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). (Standard products are: Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, and Celexa.)
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants (tricyclics). (Common products are: Pamelor, Aventyl, Norpramin, Tofranil, and Elavil.)
  • Venlafaxine (Product Name: Effexor)
  • Other types may include: Mirtazapine, Bupropion, Trazodone and Nefazadone.
  • Lastly, there are Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs), which can be widely used.

Your doctor will help you decide what is best for you.

Like any other prescription drug, antidepressant drugs can cause side effects. Depending on the type of anti-depressant you are taking, other side effects may be: dry mouth, nausea, nervousness, insomnia, headache, blurred vision, constipation, fatigue or sexual side effects. Not everyone who takes it will experience these side effects. Each anti-depressant drug can produce different side effects so check with your Doctor.