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Depression is a state of mood in which a person feels a general sense of sadness. This can result in feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, irritability, and guilt. A state of depression can affect on almost every aspect of a person's life, including their thoughts, behaviour, and physical and psychological well-being. Clinical depression is an issue for some people, but many people suffer from other types, such as atypical depression, postpartum depression, or seasonal depression. The causes of the disorder are widespread. The kind of treatment varies depending on the individual and the type of depression they're experiencing.

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About Depression



Although everyone gets sad sometimes, depression is an intense episode of sadness that can bring on many psychological and physical symptoms for a long period of time. In clinical depression, the depression can take over for weeks, and make regular life responsibilities and activities extremely difficult. Another severe type of depression is chronic depression, which can last for years, but is not as disabling as clinical depression. Some people experience depression as a result of something more specific, like seasonal affective disorder or postpartum depression. In all types of depression, a person can experience symptoms that make them feel worthless and cause them extreme psychological pain.

In recent years, research has drawn a correlation between a serotonin deficiency and depression. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is thought to be responsible for creating feelings of happiness. Studies have found that people who experience symptoms of depression are more likely to have low levels of serotonin. Other studies have implicated the 5-HTT gene (a gene thought to be responsible for determining serotonin transportation) in the disorder. These studies have found that individuals with an abnormally short 5-HTT gene tend to experience higher levels of depression when exposed to traumatic life events than those with a 5-HTT gene of normal length. Studies at Stanford University have confirmed that depression has a fifty per cent heritability rate, meaning that a person who has an immediate family member with depression is at an increased risk of developing the disorder.

Treatment of Depression



Depression is definitely treatable, and there are many different ways to deal with a depressive disorder. Most of the time, an individual who is depressed does not need to be hospitalized or spend time in an inpatient program. Usually, this type of treatment is only necessary if the individual is a threat to his or her own safety or the safety of someone else. Generally, treatment consists of some form of psychotherapy. This will allow the individual to talk through their feelings and gain a better understanding of their thoughts and behaviour. Cognitive-behavioural therapy has shown to be effective in most cases. Sometimes, medication is required, especially in clinical or chronic cases. The most common type of medication prescribed for depression is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI.

Post Rehabilitation of Depression



Aftercare of depression depends a lot on the individual. Recovering from depression is all about learning how to deal with problems in a healthy way, and someone with depression needs to learn how to love themselves. Lifestyle changes may be necessary, and can improve symptoms of depression. Getting regular exercise, eating well, and getting enough sleep are great ways to start feeling better. Keeping a strong support system is also important, and the individual should do whatever they can to reduce social isolation.

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Click to take our test, if any of the following questions relate to your Depression then you may be in need of help.
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Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy?
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Do you feel restless, or have trouble staying still?
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Do you wake up in the morning feeling like there's no reason to get out of bed?
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Do you feel tired even after getting a full night's sleep?
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Have your feelings of sadness caused you to miss work or school?
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Have you stopped seeing friends and/or family?
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Do you blame yourself for everything?
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Do you have trouble letting go of negative thoughts, or allow what's bothering you to take over your thoughts?
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Have you noticed changes in your sleeping patterns, such as having trouble falling asleep at night, or getting up in the morning?
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Have you noticed changes in your appetite?
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Do you have trouble concentrating on things?
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Do you have trouble making up your mind when faced with a decision?
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Do you have a family history of depression, or other psychiatric disorders?
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Have you been thinking about death more than usual?
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Have you recently gone through a major life event, such as the end of a relationship, or the death of a loved one?
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Have you been crying more than usual?
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Do you have trouble coming up with things you like about yourself?
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Do you have trouble following a schedule or routine because of your mood?
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Have you started using drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with your feelings?
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Have you thought about suicide?
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