Over 19 million American teenager and adults are struggling with daily depression.
Are you one of these 19 million who are fighting against daily depression?
Depression is a real illness. It is a brain disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.
Signs & Symptoms
- Constantly sad, anxious, or feeling â€œemptyâ€
- Hopelessness or pessimism
- Feeling guilty, worthless and helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Low energy and fatigue
- Difficult time focusing, remembering and making decisions
- Hard time sleeping, over-sleeping, or early-morning awakening
- Appetite and weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Restlessness and irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms
Symptoms are different for everyone. Some people feel constantly sad, while others may not feel sad at all. Symptoms may also vary depending on the stage of the illness.
6 Types of Depression
1.) Major Depression
This type of depression includes symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life.
Some episodes only happen once, but usually you can suffer with this frequently.
2.) Persistent Depressive Disorder
This type of depression is a mood, that lasts up to 2 years.
Someone diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms do have to last for at least 2 years.
3. Psychotic Depression
This happens when a person has severe depression, plus some form of psychosis.
Characteristics such as having a disturbing false belief, or a break with reality- or known as delusions.
Also they can have hearing or see upsetting things that others cannot hear or see such as hallucinations.
4.) Postpartum Depression
This is more that just having the â€œbaby bluesâ€. This type of depression occurs when hormonal and physical changes and the responsibility of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming.
Almost 10-15% of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.
5.) Season Affective Disorder
SAD- characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight.
Generally, the depression will go away by Spring and Summer.
This type of depression can be treated effectively with light therapy, but most people with SAD do not get better with only doing light therapy.
Antidepressant medication and psychotherapy can reduce symptoms, either alone or as a combination with light therapy.
6.) Bipolar Disorder
Although Bipolar disorder is completely different from depression, it is included because someone with a bipolar disorder experiences episodes of extreme low moods (depression) but a person with bipolar disorder also experiences extreme high moods which is called, â€œmaniaâ€.
Daily Depression is a real illness. If any of these above symptoms, or types of illness sound familiar, then you might want to get help.
There are many resources available out there to get you feeling, YOU again.
Our medical assistants and nurses at MedHealth Urgent Care, care about you and want to help you!
1-National InstituteÂ of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-what-you-need-to-know/index.shtml