Depression is more than just a case of the "blues." It is a long-lasting and serious medical condition that affects people from all walks of life and from all ethnic and religious groups. It used to be viewed as a disorder that affects only women, but men and children also suffer from depression.
The different forms of depression include clinical depression, recurrent depression and unipolar depression. People with depression experience intense feelings of despair and hopelessness. When they are in the throes of depression, they find it almost impossible to function in their daily lives.
A more severe form of depression is psychotic depression. Patients with this condition typically require hospitalization.
Symptoms of Depression
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, typical symptoms of depression include:
-Feelings of sadness
-Too much or too little sleep
-Fatigue and lack of motivation and energy
-Lack of interest in sexual activity
-Suicidal thoughts or attempted suicides
Depressed men tend to blame others for their feelings, whereas women blame themselves. Women, however, are more likely to seek treatment for their depression. Men, in general, are more resistant to seeking medical intervention. They are likely to view depression as a sign of weakness, but it is not.
A wide range of treatments are available to help people deal with depression. Common treatments include the following:
Depressed individuals who experience suicidal thoughts should always seek immediate medical attention from their primary physician or the nearest emergency medical facility. If this is not possible, they should call the national suicide hotline.Disclaimer: References or links to other sites from Wellness.com does not constitute recommendation or endorsement by Wellness.com. We bear no responsibility for the content of websites other than Wellness.com.