Katie Adon has a Bacherlor’s degree in Nursing, and works as a nurse in London. She is very passionate about her career and loves to share her knowledge. Katie is a wife, and mother to three adorable boys. She mostly author’s the OWF Medical Corner articles on Women’s Health.
- Depression is a common mental disorder.
- Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
- More women are affected by depression than men. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
- There are effective treatments for depression.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up. We may all go through days of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Lots of people think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. This is wrong! Depression is a real illness with real symptoms. It is not a sign of weakness or something one can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together.”
However, with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.
Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They can be feelings of sadness or hopelessness, losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.
One can also develop physical symptoms such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive or complaining of various aches and pains.
One may simply feel persistently low in spirit. While at its most, severe depression can make one feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living. A low mood may improve after a short time, rather than being a sign of depression.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
It is important to seek help from your doctor if you think you may be depressed. Many people wait a long time before seeking help for depression, but it’s best not to delay. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can be on the way to recovery.
Sometimes, there is a trigger for depression. Life changing events, such as:
- losing your job
- or even having a baby
- you can also become depressed for no obvious reason
Treatment for depression involves either medication or talking treatments, or usually a combination of the two. The kind of treatment that your doctor recommends will be based on the type of depression you have.
You may benefit by making lifestyle changes such as:
- getting more exercise
- cutting down on alcohol
- eating more healthily
- joining a support group
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