Our Mental Health Disorder
Everyone feels sad or low sometimes, but these feelings "clinical depression" or a "depressive disorder"- is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.
Their is Major depression which interferes with your ability to work,sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. Some people have "an episode" in there life however depression could happen for a life time.
There is also Persistent depressive disorder "dysthymia" which happens when a person has been having symptoms for 2 years and have a form of depression that might have episodes of major depression and with long periods of depression.
There is also Perinatal Depression, (depression during pregnancy) Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) (depression that goes with the seasons like fall and winter) and Psychotic Depression (person that has severe depression plus some form of psychosis and having disturbing false fixed beliefs (delusions and hallucinations)
How Depression Affects People of all ages
Women have depression more often than men. Biological, lifecycle, and hormonal factors that are unique to women may be linked to their higher depression rate. Women with depression typically have symptoms of sadness, worthlessness, and guilt.
Men with depression are more likely to be very tired, irritable, and sometimes angry. They may lose interest in work or activities they once enjoyed, have sleep problems, and behave recklessly, including the misuse of drugs or alcohol. Many men do not recognize their depression and fail to seek help.
Older adults with depression may have less obvious symptoms, or they may be less likely to admit to feelings of sadness or grief. They are also more likely to have medical conditions, such as heart disease, which may cause or contribute to depression.
Younger children with depression may pretend to be sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent, or worry that a parent may die.
Older children and teens with depression may get into trouble at school, sulk, and be irritable. Teens with depression may have symptoms of other disorders, such as anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse.
How Depression is Treated
The first step to treating your own depression is getting the right treatment from a visit to the doctor or a mental health professional. The provider can do an exam, an interview and lab tests. Medications like antidepressants are used sometimes as well as Psychotherapy, Brain Stimulation Therapies (Electroconvulsive therapy ECT)
You can go for help at
Call your or your loved one’s health professional.
Call 911 for emergency services.
Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TYY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).