If you find yourself wanting to stay in bed all day, or feeling a general sense of sadness for reasons you can't identify, you may be depressed. If you feel yourself slumping into a dark mood that you can't seem to shake, you may be depressed. The best thing to do is call a counselor today, who can help you identify your symptoms and determine the best course of action. Don't waste any time getting your life back.
Common Types and Causes for Depression
Genetics often play a role in a person's susceptability to depression. If a parent or other close relative suffered from depression, it is possible the trait could have been passed along to you. Traumatic life events can be the cause of depression, such as the death of a loved one, abuse, financial problems, or any other form of extreme stress. Hormonal changes can also be a cause. Depression has many triggers, not all of which are the same for every person. When it comes to types of depression, there are three. Major depression affects our ability to sleep, eat, work or play. Dysthmia is the second type of depression, which is less severe, resulting in a general malaise and unhappiness but is not paralyzing of one's ability to function. Bi-polar disorder is the third form of depression, which is characterized by large swings in one's mood.
There is no doubt that depression can take a toll on a person's relationships. Communication is often strained in the midst of a bout with depression, resulting in reduced connectivity between the depressed and those wanting to help. It's important to not let the affect of the depression on a person's mood or general attitude be a reflection to you of their true self. Your unwavering support will do much good, whether or not you feel appreciated by the person as they make their way through their feelings.
Depression is an isolating condition—both those who suffer from depression and those who care about a sufferer find themselves cut off from the ones they love. Navigating relationships through the trials of depression can be difficult, but it is essential for the sufferer to maintain a supportive network of family and friends. Healthy and compassionate communication between the sufferer and their loved ones can play a crucial role in the process of recovery.
What are the Symptoms of Depression? Start Here to Find Out
By Spencer Fox,
Posted August 6th, 2018
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In my experience, some of the most common things that bring people into my office are symptoms of depression. However, often people are not quite able to articulate them as such.
Colloquially, we use “depressed” to mean sad. While sadness is a symptom of depression – often the biggest and most salient – it is not the only one. Further, there are many different types of depression that can manifest in different ways.
My goal here is to walk you through some different types and symptoms of depression so that you might piece together a better idea of what is afflicting you. Next, I hope that I can convince you to help seek out treatment by not only giving you options but addressing how these options work towards building recovery for you.
Major Depressive Disorder
The first broad type of depression to look at is Major Depressive Disorder. Major Depressive Disorder is generally what is being referred to when people say “clinical depression.” When somebody comes into my office indicating they are feeling sad or depressed, this is what my brain is looking at.
More than just a sadness, Major Depressive Disorder indicates that something called a Major Depressive Episode has occurred. This might seem redundant, but I will explain why the distinction exists later. The hallmark symptoms of a major depressive episode include either a depressed mood, or a lack of interest in pleasure, and
Common Symptoms of Depression and Practical Next Steps
By Rachel Mckay,
Posted June 12th, 2018
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Like any injury or illness, depression may range in severity and presentation. Symptoms of depression also vary from person to person with regard to physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational impact.
Sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, and confusion are individual experiences that we can relate to and often find a “quick fix” for. But what about the times when all of those things seem to settle in at the same time?
According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world have depression. Approximately 16.2 million adults in the United States have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year with 10.3 million of those adults experiencing severe impairment as a result of the episode (as displayed in the graph below).
Although there are different classifications of depressive symptoms such as postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder, this article references clinical depression: what to look for and when to find help.
When at its worst, depression can lead to suicide with nearly 800,000 deaths each year. The World Health Organization also reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-29-year-olds globally. Please pause for a moment and let these numbers sink in. It is staggering to consider the scale of depression’s effect on our world.
When faced with these statistics, it is not difficult to acknowledge the prevalence of depression. The numbers point to significance. However, the way we typically engage with this type
By Patricia Lyon,
Posted May 9th, 2018
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Many successful and joyful people have worked with dedication and responsibility on their life’s work, only to find that along the way somewhere, they have lost their love of life.
The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression. Over the long haul, when these spice-of-life elements of play are missing, what is left is a dulled soul.
Play and work are mutually supportive. Neither one can survive without the other. We need newness of play, its sense of flow, and being in the moment. We need the sense of discovery and liveliness that it provides. We also need the purpose of work, the economic stability it offers, the sense that we are doing service for others, that we are needed and integrated into our world.
And most of us need also to feel competent. Even people who are independently wealthy and never need to work a day in their lives find that they need to volunteer or donate to good causes to feel that sense of connection and purpose.
The quality that work and play have in common is creativity. In both we are building our world and creating new relationships, neural connections, and objects. Respecting our biologically programmed need for play can transform work. Play is nature’s greatest tool for creating new neural networks and for reconciling cognitive difficulties.