An Overview of Depression

Being sufficiently informed about depression is essential to help improve the symptoms of the condition. It can be difficult to live with but it is treatable. However, the first step should be to understand what depression means and how it affects an individual’s life to also understand how it is treated.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that negatively impacts an individual’s mood, emotional state, thoughts, and even appetite. While it can be characterized by feelings of sadness, it can affect an individual’s behaviors and feelings in a multitude of ways.

It is very common, affecting 1 in 10 people at least once in their lives. It is more common among women than it is in men. Genetics play a role in the appearance of depression, meaning a family history can increase one’s risk. Individuals with chronic conditions are also more at risk.

There are a few types, including major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and postpartum. It is, however, is one of the most easily treated mental health conditions, typically with antidepressants and therapy.

What Can Cause Depression?

Depression may be brought on by one or more factors. Typically, the factors that contribute to the occurrence are chemical imbalances in the brain, genetics, difficult life circumstances, traumas such as abuse or violence, and substance abuse.

It does not only cause feelings of sadness but can exhibit itself with a wide array of symptoms, including losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy, feelings of guilt and shame, fatigue, weight loss or gain, loss of libido, and productivity and concentration issues.

If you experience any of these symptoms for longer than a few weeks, it is important to consult a doctor for a diagnosis and course of treatment to prevent the condition from impacting your everyday life.

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