Depression Is A Serious Condition

847 WordsNov 22, 20154 Pages
According to brain and behavior research foundation (BBRF), Depression is a serious condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, often interferes with a person’s ability to experience or anticipate pleasure, and significantly interferes with functioning in daily life. Untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years; and if inadequately treated, depression can lead to significant impairment, other health-related issues, and in rare cases, suicide. Some of the symptoms include; depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, markedly diminished interest or pleasure in activities most of the day, nearly every day, changes in appetite that result in weight losses or gains unrelated to dieting, Changes in sleeping patterns, Loss of energy or increased fatigue, restlessness or irritability, feelings of anxiety, feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness, inappropriate guilt, difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions and thoughts of death or attempts at suicide ((BBRF, 2015). Most patients with depression first present in a primary care setting. A lot of them remain undiagnosed and untreated due to reasons associated with the illness itself or with structural factors in the health care system. Detecting patients with mental health problem such as depression in primary care setting is challenging. Therefore, various screening questions have been
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