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A Guide To Depression

Jul 29

Introduction

Depression is a serious mental illness that affects more than 16 million Americans each year. It can be difficult for people to deal with, but there are treatments and support available if you or someone you know suffers from depression. In this post, we'll look at what depression is, what the symptoms are and how they can be treated.

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mental illness that affects how you think, feel, and behave. It causes intense sadness, loss of interest in things you once enjoyed, changes in appetite or weight, sleeping too much or not being able to sleep at all. You may also feel agitated or have little energy to do anything.

It's common to have some of these symptoms occasionally when you're under stress. But if they start lasting for weeks or months at a time — and they interfere with your ability to work or enjoy yourself — they could be signs of depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mood disorder and can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, but it can also be caused by traumatic events or a genetic predisposition.

Depression is diagnosed as either major depressive disorder (MDD) or persistent depressive disorder (PDD). MDD involves having symptoms that are nearly every day for at least two weeks. Symptoms include feeling depressed, hopeless, irritable, anxious or guilty.

The causes of depression are not always clear and may involve more than one cause. Depression can be triggered by:

  • A traumatic event like abuse or death of someone close to you

  • A chemical imbalance in your brain

What are treatments for depression?

There are many treatments for depression. If you have mild to moderate symptoms, psychotherapy alone may be enough to help you. If your symptoms are more severe, it is a good idea to talk with your doctor about medication or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

  • Psychotherapy: It can be hard to identify the causes of depression on your own, but with the help of a therapist you can explore factors like past experiences and relationships that could be contributing. In addition, talking about what's bothering you can help relieve some of the stress associated with depression. This method does not replace medication because it does not directly affect brain chemistry; however, psychotherapy may provide additional benefits for some people as well as build self-esteem and improve coping skills.

  • Medication: There are several types of antidepressants available today that work in different ways but produce similar effects by increasing levels of serotonin in brain cells (serotonin being one chemical that regulates mood). These medications must be taken regularly for several weeks before they will begin working effectively—often up to 8 weeks—so don't give up if they don't seem effective right away!

Clinical Trials For Depression

A clinical trial is a research study in which one or more human subjects are given an experimental drug, device, or treatment. These types of trials are used to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, but they can also be used to test a variety of other medical devices and interventions.

A clinical trial may be conducted for one or more of the following reasons:

  • To determine if new diagnostic techniques work as well as current methods

  • To test new therapies for existing conditions that have not responded to current methods

  • To evaluate potential side effects before broader distribution of a drug

  • To test whether a drug is safe enough for widespread use by patients who might be harmed by it

Depression can be difficult to deal with

  • Depression is hard to deal with

  • Depression is not a weakness

  • Depression is not your fault

  • Depression is a real illness, treatable by medication and therapy.

Conclusion

Depression is a difficult condition to deal with, and many people struggle to find the right treatment options. There are several different treatments available, including medication and therapy.