Depression: A Silent Battle Within

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So what is Depression ?

What was previously known as Melancholia, is now known as Clinical Depression, Major Depression, or simply Depression and commonly referred to as major depressive disorder by many health care professionals. Historical evidence suggests that a sense of sadness or melancholy has long been a universal part of human experience; the term “Depression” has only been around for a hundred years or so. At some point in their lives, everyone goes through brief episodes of unhappiness, loneliness and sadness.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism

  • Irritability, frustration or restlessness

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

  • Decreased energy or fatigue

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions

  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening or oversleeping

  • Appetite and/or weight changes

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Understanding Depression

Depression, formerly known as Melancholia, is now referred to clinically as Major Depressive Disorder. This condition extends beyond the ordinary fluctuations of mood. Depression isn't merely a fleeting bout of sadness; it's a profound state that interferes with one's ability to partake in daily life. It encompasses a diverse spectrum of mental health issues characterized by a lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities, persistent low mood, and a range of associated emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral symptoms.

The Global Impact of Depression

Depression knows no boundaries and is a growing global concern. Over 264 million people of all ages grapple with this mental health challenge. As a consequence, antidepressant medications have become some of the most prescribed drugs worldwide. Left untreated, depression can lead to substance abuse, strain relationships, and disrupt work life. This condition can also result in appetite changes, sleep disturbances, and further physical health complications. Alarming research shows that a fifth of individuals with chronic physical health problems, like cancer or diabetes, suffer from depression, amplifying their suffering. In its most devastating form, depression can lead to suicide, causing nearly 800,000 fatalities each year.

Identifying Depression

Recognizing depression is pivotal. Signs include anxiety, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, erratic behavior, fatigue, changes in appetite, sleep disruptions, difficulty concentrating, and even thoughts of suicide. Those who experience these symptoms for an extended period should seek professional help without delay.

Causes and Risk Factors

Depression often strikes those who have faced challenging life situations, such as loss, unemployment, or psychological trauma. While there's no single gene causing depression, those with family members experiencing severe depression are more vulnerable. Depression can also be triggered by severe medical conditions like cancer or AIDS. Surprisingly, certain prescription drugs and substance abuse can contribute to this condition, with about 30% of those struggling with substance abuse also battling depression.

Seeking Help For Depression?

Early intervention is critical as depression can escalate swiftly. Distinguishing between general sadness and clinical depression can be challenging, but noticing early signs is vital. If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms, professional help is essential. At High Profile Radio, our team of mental health experts is ready to listen and provide top-tier advice on mental health issues, including depression. We offer diagnosis and treatment for individuals of all age groups, utilizing therapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and more.

If you require assistance with mental health issues, you can easily schedule an appointment with us through email or phone. Take charge of depression before it takes charge of your life.

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