When a person is suffering from depression they have it almost every day, all day long and it lasts for at least 2 weeks or even much longer. Depression affects people of all ages and in all walks of life. Even though both men and women experience depression, females are more likely to develop the illness but the reason for this is unknown.
Depression can be incapacitating, even though it doesn’t affect everyone exactly the same the illness can have a huge impact on a person’s life. When a person is depressed their appetite is often affected, their sleep patterns change, they feel helpless, hopeless and their whole outlook on life changes. Depression can be so debilitating that a person may even contemplate suicide if they don’t receive help.
- Major Depression
- Minor Depression
- Psychotic Depression
- Postpartum Depression
- SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder
Depression can affect a person emotionally and physically and because the illness affects people differently, not everyone may experience the exact same symptoms. When it comes to symptoms of depression, it just depends on the person and the type of depression they’re suffering from as to how severe their symptoms are, how often they experience them and how long they last.
When a person is suffering from depression they may experience one or a combination of the symptoms such as: Feeling sad, empty inside, numb, hopeless, helpless, worthless, irritable, restless, loss of appetite, over eating, sleeplessness, sleeping too much, fatigue, loss of energy, loss of concentration, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, headaches, stomach problems, suicidal thoughts and attempts.
Depression can be treated but first has to be properly diagnosed by a medical professional to know what form of the illness a person is suffering from. Depression can be treated in various ways which may include medications, counseling, therapy and sometimes a combination of different treatments are used.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with symptoms of depression, don’t wait….. symptoms will only get worse. Depression is a serious illness and the sooner a person receives proper individualized treatment the quicker they will start feeling better and can begin enjoying life again.