Physiological depression

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Physiological depression

What is Depression?Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things. Depression is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. People with depression cannot merely 'pull themselves together' and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with depression.

• Medications• Therapy• Relaxation(Yoga,walks and meditation)• There's no sure way to prevent depression. However, taking steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and to boost low self-esteem may help. Friendship and social support, especially in times of crisis, can help you weather rough spells. In addition, treatment at the earliest sign of a problem

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions• Fatigue and decreased energy• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness• Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping• Irritability, restlessness• Loss of interest in activities or hobbies • Overeating or appetite loss• Persistent aches or pains, headaches• Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings• Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

➢ Your genetic make up; Researchers found that people with a particular variant in a serotonin-transporter gene (5-HTT) were more likely to become depressed in response to stress or unexpected situations.➢ Seasonal affective disorder; is the smallest percentage of the depression category affecting 1 to 2% of the population accruing in mostly women. This affects individuals at certain times of year mostly winter making them feel blue and alone.➢ Medications; Often medications can alter your mood which can affect your lifestyle. If this change is large enough it can lead to depression. Birth control, blood thinners etc.➢ Drug and Alcohol use; Drug and alcohol use can both lead to and result from depression. Many people with depression also have drug and alcohol problems. Sedatives in both alcohol and drugs calm the brain but when abused it can emerge into depression.

Causes of Depression

➢ Stress; Constantly being surouded in stressful situations and indivuguals. If you always seem to carrys others emotional baggage the stress can overload one and causing emotion damage.➢ Living conditions; Medical researcher of Harvard say if one is surrounded by fighting, yelling and constant uproar its an onset. ➢ Relationships; physical and emotional damage from an abusive relationship. ➢ Loss; A loss of a close or important person from ones life.

Physiological Depression



➢According to the world health Organization over 350 million people are affected by depression. ➢Population studies have consistently shown major depression to be about twice as common in women as in men. There is a large increase in occurrence related to pubertal development rather than age between the ages of 15 and 18,The risk of major depression is increased with neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease and during the first year after childbirth.Depressive disorders are most common to observe in urban than in rural population.

Who does depression affect and patterns?

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