Depression And Its Effects On Depression

1599 Words7 Pages
This is a general description of Major Depression. Everybody gets it! Major depression is also known simply as depression. Depression is a mental disorder characterized by at least two weeks of low mood that is present across most situations. It is often accompanied with low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities. Some symptoms could include Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood, Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism, Irritability, Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness, Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping, and lots more things. Depression is usually treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. No two people are affected the same way by
…show more content…
Risk factors include a family history and condition, major life changes, certain medications, chronic health problems, and alcohol or drug abuse. Around half of the risk appears to be genetic, so passed down from family. According to the DSM, the diagnosis of major depressive disorder is based on the mental state examination. There are no lab tests for major depression; Your provider will ask about your medical history and symptoms. Your answers can help your provider diagnose depression and determine how severe it may be; Blood and urine tests may be done to rule out other medical conditions that have symptoms like depression. One of the tests doctors could do is a physical exam; in some cases depression, may be linked to a physical health problem. Another kind of test doctors could do is a lab test, they could take some of your blood and do a test called blood count or tests your thyroid to make sure everything in your body is functioning the way it should be. One of the other tests, that might not be as common or even taken as seriously for a mental disorder, is a physical evaluation. Your doctor will ask you question and how you’re feeling. You might be asked to fill out as paper with questions on it to help you answer the questions the doctor might ask. (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Major depression is different than sadness, which is a normal part of life and is way less severe. Most people who have
Get Access