Depression (with all its types and symptoms) is frequently confused with natural and circumstantial feelings of grief or sadness. However, depression is not merely a weakness. It is not something to be taken lightly. Indeed, it is quite a serious issue and can last for long periods of time. Accordingly, there are different types of depression and they could present with more than a couple of symptoms.
In fact, depression does not merely involve feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness. To summarize, it is much more terrible and has a negative effect on your day-to-day functioning.
Further, there are many different types of depression. These are:
- Firstly, Major depression
- Secondly, Bipolar depression
- Thirdly, Psychotic depression
- Fourthly, Chronic depression (even dysthymia)
- Fifthly, Seasonal depression
- Sixthly, Substance-induced depression
- Seventhly, Postpartum depression
- Eighthly, Double depression
- Ninthly, Treatment-resistant depression
- Tenthly, Secondary depression
- Finally, Masked depression
First off, signs and symptoms of clinical depression vary. Secondly, they depend largely on how severe, how long-lasting, and how often they come into play. In addition, there are individual differences. Therefore, while some experience a few signs of depression, others experience more. Hereunder is a list of symptoms that might indicate that you may be suffering from depression and that you might want to consult a psychiatrist:
- Firstly, Being sad for most parts of the day, especially in the morning
- Secondly, Feeling like blaming yourself unnecessarily or feeling worthless almost every day
- Thirdly, More inclined towards being negative
- Fourthly, Sleep Difficulties i.e. Loss of sleep or Excessive sleep
- Fifthly, Regular contemplations of death or suicide
- Sixthly, Significant weight gain or weight loss
- Seventhly, Appetite loss or overeating
- Eighthly, Feelings of high fatigue and low energy levels almost every day
- Ninthly, Inability to make decisions or impaired focus and difficulty concentrating
- Tenthly, Lack of interest in almost all daily activities or hobbies, including sexual activity
- Eleventhly, Irritability, and restlessness
- Twelthly, Cramps, headaches, and digestive problems persist even with treatment
Although the exact cause of depression is not yet determined, depression is supposedly caused by a combination of a number of factors:
- Biological differences
- Hormonal imbalances
- Brain chemistry
- Inherited traits or genetic disorders.
- Social and Psychological factors.
- Also, Co-morbid or Chronic Medical Conditions.
And finally, 7. Treatments with certain Medications.