Symptoms And Symptoms Of Depression

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‘While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood, it 's a serious illness that has an impact on both physical and mental health’ (beyondblue, 2014). Depression affects almost everyone once in their life-time. There is more than one type of depression: ‘major depression, chronic depression, and bipolar disorder/manic depression’ (Carson, 2014). ‘Symptoms can range from relatively minor (but still disabling) through to very severe, so it is beneficial to be aware of the different types of disorders and the symptoms that come with it’ (Beyondblue,…show more content…
Many young people believe depression is caused by a single event, or happens overnight, as mentioned above it is combination of events. The common causes of depression are family history (genetics can have an affect), drug and alcohol use, personality, and death of a loved one. A worrying statistic indicates ‘over 500,000 Australians will experience depression and a substance use disorder at the same time, at some point in their lives’ (Beyondblue, 2014) and the unfortunate thing is depression is not a topic anyone wants to talk about especially men who pride themselves on ‘toughness’. When looking at depression and associating it with the human brain it is still not fully understood how it works, or how there is a connection. ‘Evidence suggests that depression can be related to changes in the levels or activity of certain chemicals – particularly serotonin as serotonin immensely effects an individual’s moods, norepinephrine and dopamine’ (Beyondblue, 2014). To put in simpler terms ‘an article in Harvard Health Publications explains that depression is not caused simply by the level of one chemical being too low and another too high. Rather, several different chemicals that are imbalanced and it causes a fluctuation in chemicals’ (Medicalnewstoday, 2014). ‘A person may be depressed if it has been occurring for more than two week, he or she has felt sad, down or miserable most of the time or has lost interest in usual activities such as
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