What is depression?
Depression is a common problem that affects men
and women of all ages, as well as children and teens. It is more than just
the normal, temporary feelings of sadness and moodiness that come with the
ups and downs of life. Depression can range from minor problem to a major,
life-threatening illness. Fortunately, effective treatments are available
for most people who suffer from depression.
What causes depression?
Depression is probably caused by a combination of factors, including the
genetic traits that a person inherits from his or her parents. Most major
depressions involve problems with chemical messengers (neuro-transmitters)
in the brain. The amount of stress in a person life and the way a person
copes with stress also contribute to depression. Ongoing depression affects
a person body, mind, and social behaviors
Many things can trigger depression, including:
Drinking alcohol or using illegal
Having a major illness or injury.
Grieving the death of a family member or friend.
Going through major life changes (loss of a job, divorce, children,
leaving home, retirement).
Being under long-term stress, such as having a family member with a
Taking certain medications or having certain health conditions.
Having recently had a baby (post-partum depression).
What are the symptoms of depression?
Major depressive disorder, commonly referred to
as "depression," can severely disrupt your life, affecting your appetite,
sleep, work, and relationships.
The symptoms that identify depression include:
Constant feelings of sadness, irritability, or tension decreased
interest or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies
Loss of energy, feeling tired despite lack of activity
A change in appetite, with significant weight loss or weight gain
A change in sleeping patterns, such as difficulty sleeping, early
morning awakening, or sleeping too much
Restlessness or feeling slowed down
Decreased ability to make decisions or concentrate
Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt
Thoughts of suicide or death
How is depression treated?
Antidepressant medications work for many people—they can make you feel
better, and can improve or completely relieve your symptoms. But sometimes
people have unrealistic fears or expectations about them. Some hope to feel
better overnight; others worry that medications will change their
personalities in ways they won't like. Both extremes are unlikely. The first
step towards getting better and staying better is to take your medication
exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Here are some treatment tips to keep in mind:
- It takes time for antidepressants to work. Although you may start to
feel better within a couple of weeks, the full antidepressant effect may
not be seen for several weeks. It is important to be patient and give
the medicine a chance to work.
- Once you feel better, it is important to keep taking your
antidepressant for as long as your doctor tells you to. Continued use,
if recommended by your doctor, can help lower your chances of becoming
depressed again in the future.
- Although some people only become depressed once, others—especially
those who have been depressed before or have several risk factors—may
need longer term treatment with medication.
- If you want to stop taking your medication, do so ONLY after
discussing this with your doctor.
- Like many drugs, depression medications can cause side effects and
interact with foods or other medications. Tell your doctor about any
medical conditions you have and about other medicines you're using. If
you experience drug side effects, contact your doctor right away.
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EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) are essential elements in human
depression and symptoms of other mental health problems. The brain is
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Clinical trials are underway to further investigate whether supplementing
the diet with omega-3s will reduce the severity of such psychiatric problems
as mild to moderate depression, dementia, bipolar disorder, and
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