Depression 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 which 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.