What is Depression?

  • Depression is such a illness which includes your whole body and research on this concluded that this is detected in the brain through modern imaging techniques. Most of the time those who have very much depression can lead to imbalance of certain brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters and obliviously to depression afterwards.
  • Depression is more than the sadness or upset moods and disappointment which occurs due to ups and downs in the life. It is a generally a set of more symptoms that are distinct from one’s normal feelings and behavior. These depressive symptoms last for more than weeks and interfere with daily individual and family functioning of individual.
  • Depression is nothing but a treatable medical illness which can be marked by major changes in mood, thinking and energy levels. It is one of the most common and serious brain diseases in the US.
  • Major depression is only the type of the depression which occurs at any time during a one’s lifetime.

Symptoms of Depression

Many times it is observed that experiencing the following symptoms one by one or many at a time every day during a two-week period can cause clinical depression:

  • Mainly sad feeling for a long duration
  • Major disorders related to sleep
  • Constant irritation, anger, care, worry about anything
  • Pessimistic nature, indifference
  • Lack of energy, persistent dullness
  • Guilty feeling
  • Lack of concentration
  • Inability to take pleasure in former interests
  • Undesirable pains
  • Recurring thoughts or try of suicide

Who Gets Depression?

Age group between 20 and 50 is more prone to depressions generally. The average age group is of 40, and many times it occurs in the late teens or early young age is the result according to the National Institute of Mental Health in 1998. In case of children it is seen that in 33 children and one in eight have affected from clinical depression and is the research by the Center for Mental Health Services, US Dept. of Health and Human Services in 1996.

Those who undergone depression or having depression problems are four times as likely to develop a heart attack than those who are normal. And the chance of second heart attack is seen more in them as well as the risk of death, and is the research by National Institute of Mental Health in 1998.

Research also have shown major depression may co-occurs with other illnesses listed below:

  1. 25 percent with cancer (which can be treated with chemotherapy medicines)
  2. 10 – 27 percent with post-stroke
  3. 50 – 75 percent with eating disorder
  4. 27 percent with individuals with substance abuse disorders
  5. 8.5 – 27 percent with diabetes