Serious Medical Conditions: Depression

1773 Words Jul 12th, 2018 8 Pages
Depression is a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way. It brings together a variety of physical and psychological symptoms which together constitute a syndrome. At least 10% of people in the U.S. will experience major depressive disorder at some point in their lives. Twice as many women as men experience major depression and is known as the common cold among psychological disorders. Like the common cold, there are many types of depression.
Depression comes in many shapes and forms. The different types of depression have unique symptoms, causes, and effects. Knowing what type of depression you have can help you manage your symptoms and get the most
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Adding to this long list, any other personal problems, like being bullied or feeling left out can cause depression. With so many possible causes for depression, it’s important to watch out for the symptoms.
Recognizing the symptoms will help determine whether or not you’re depressed, or just sad. Like the causes, there are numerous symptoms that you have to watch for to see if you or someone you know is depressed. The most popular symptom that everybody recognizes is the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. The key thing is to feel helpless and hopeless for long periods of time, feeling sad for only a brief moment isn’t a good indicator. This bleak outlook causes the depressed person to feel like nothing will ever get better and that there’s nothing that anybody could to help. Another symptom of depression is the loss of interest in daily activities Since they lost the ability to feel joy and pleasure, it makes sense that the lose interest in former hobbies, social activities, pastimes, or even sex. Along with not being able to feel joy, the lose the ability to care about many things, including appetite or weight. Significant weight loss or weight gain is another common symptom. Insomnia and hypersomnia are also commonly found with depression. Insomnia, and specifically waking up in the early hours of the morning, or even oversleeping, called hypersomnia, are all associated with depression. Anger and irritability are typical symptoms. They