Depression

by George1234 on September 16, 2014 - 2:40pm

Link to the Article: http://cmhc.utexas.edu/depression.html

                                                                               

The article talks about the topic of depression. It is sometimes hard to pin point whether we, ourselves are depressed. It is a very informative article on detecting signs of the mental illness. Some of the questions you need to ask yourself are how frequently am I depressed, how severe is it and how long does the depression lasts. 

Depression does not only affect your emotions but it also affects many other aspects of a human being such as your behavior/attitude and your physical health. Common emotional symptoms are irritability, pessimism, guilt, anxiety, emptiness, suicidal thinking, and a sense of hopelessness/worthlessness. Common behavioral symptoms are diminished interest and enjoyment of activities you use to enjoy, difficulty in concentration, having a hard time making decisions and neglecting responsibilities including personal appearance for example. Lastly, the common physical symptoms are excess or deprivation of sleep and eating, feeling tired and frequent pain such as headaches. 

There can be many causes of why an individual is depressed. Possible contributing factors are your environment, interpersonal relationships, physical, medical and biological problems, diet and exercise, thought patterns of a pessimistic nature, spiritual, existential and philosophical dilemmas. 

Before seeking help, there are things you can try to do to overcome depression. Start by developing a healthier and balanced diet. Start exercising regularly. Develop a method to manage your time and stress. Keep track of how your feeling and try find a support system (especially a support system that will not be prone to reacting to stigma). 

If depression persists, seek professional help. For many, Psychotherapy counseling is enough but sometimes professionals will combine that with anti-depressant medication so that the individual can function better.

In my opinion, this is a great article for people who are not very familiar with depression. It explains what you have to look for to know if you are suffering from depression. It also explains in concise bullet form, the symptoms which fit the DSM IV criteria of depressive disorder. Although it doesn't talk about professional treatment, it explains important aspects in your life that should be changed and is very informative in regards to the symptoms and characteristics of depression.

Comments

I agree with George if you are feeling depressed you should seek a professional for help as soon as possible. Depression can form in may ways depending on the events that occur in peoples lives some take it better than others but those who don't, and get affected by depression should seek help right away before it leads to a tragedy.

You did an excellent job summarizing this article. Your writing is very clear and accessible. Also, I especially like the fact that you presented a lot of possible symptoms related to depression as well as some pre-professional solutions to the issue since people usually thinks of medication as the ultimate treatment rather than simpler steps.
I actually have some experience dealing with depression since one of my closest friend at the time went through a rough depression for many years. I know that depression is actually more complicated than what you can read in a book or an article. For example, you can read that men usually feel angrier whereas women would feel sorrowful. However, this was not my friend’s case. At first, his symptoms were physically damaging. For instance, he was able to sleep 20 to 24 hours a day because he was simply too tired to get up. This affected his productivity in all spheres of his life, especially school. When things became more complicated, he totally lost his concentration. He was not able to read nor to have a full conversation anymore. You mentioned a very important point of the issue when you wrote about the solutions that people can try before seeking professional help. In my friend’s case, the situation was inverted. Unfortunately, the psychologists and medications did not help his situation even though these are the usual ways an hopeless person would take. The medications actually made it worst. In fact, what really helped were simple things like exercising more, changing his eating habit, and spending more time with friends rather than staying alone. In short, my point is that depression affects people in so many different ways that there is no universal treatment, but that the perfect treatment depends on the individual which explains why it so difficult to deal with this disease.