Recognizing Depression, It’s Depression Symptoms, and Depression Treatments Available
When one thinks of depression, what comes to mind? It may be that someone is having a bad day. Perhaps someone is having repeat feeling of low self-worth or self-esteem. There are many millions of people throughout the world that deal with depression on a daily basis. While depression is a very common ailment to many, there are many millions more that are unaware that they are effected by depression and are not diagnosed.
How does someone know if they are depressed? The symptoms of depression are as diverse as those affected by the disease. Some people see depression as a mental problem that remains unresolved for whatever reason. While depression is thought of as primarily a mental problem, the symptoms can and quite often are physical as well or a combination of the two. Some of the more common and less recognizable symptoms of depressioninclude irritability, reduced or complete lack of appetite, decreased social interaction. Other symptoms can simply be sudden changes in hobbies, varied routines, inability to maintain a schedule, or a complete turnaround in personality.
Extreme cases of depression that remain untreated or otherwise unrecognized can lead to self mutilation, drastic physical changes such as hair dyes, tattoo’s, piercings, as well as other physical changes. The more severe cases of untreated depression may lead to substance abuse problems, domestic violence, rage, and suicide. As with every other disease, depression does not just suddenly appear one day out of the blue. The majority of cases the symptoms were overlooked or even just ignored assuming it was just a phase that lead to these changes. Regardless of what lead up the the changes and feelings associated to the symptoms of depression, there are options available.
There are many forms of treatment available for depression. One of the most common and simplest forms of depression treatment is recognizing the symptoms or the changes in people in your life and talking to them. Reassurance can go a long way in helping ease the feelings associated with depression. Another common treatment is formal therapy with a psychiatrist. One of the benefits of formal therapy with a psychiatrist is that the therapist can prescribe medicines to help alleviate the symptoms while treatment is being rendered. There are many different medicines that are commonly used in treatment of depression. They range from anti-depressantsand muscle relaxers in the milder forms and can progress into the more narcotic forms such as anti-psychotic drugs.
Other treatments outside of the formal therapy and peep support channels include support groups and various other meeting mediums that are also very beneficial to sufferers of depression. These forums allow the depressedpersons to know that they are not the only ones dealing with depression. In many instances, depressed persons feel as if they are going through these feelings alone and knowing that others around them are going through some of the same things as them it helps to make the coping process easier.
In closing, depression and the factors contributing to the illness can be made more prevalent by outside factors not directly related to the illness itself. Financial situations, the weather environment where someone lives, the career in which someone is employed, and genetics can play major roles in easing or complicating the symptoms. The most important fact about depression is that it is fairly easy to recognize and treat in most cases. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression please get them or yourself the help that is needed. Depression does not have to dominate your emotions and your life. For more information please visit your local social services office and ask about the resources available in your area.