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Articles on Depression

Depression is probably the most unpleasant experience a person can endure. It is far more difficult to cope with than a physical ailment. In times of crisis, our bodies need the extra adrenaline which causes the all-too-familiar symptoms we associate with nervousness, including racing heart, increased blood pressure, dry mouth and jitteriness.  Depression and nervousness are, first of all, normal emotional reactions which we all experience.  Anxiety is a protective emotion.  It allows us to know when we are in trouble and prepares us for an appropriate response.


Although we sometimes feel a person may have "a right to be depressed", we should remember that many people go through tremendous emotional stress without ever becoming clinically depressed.  Clinical depression is unhappiness which has crossed over a critical boundary and become a chemical problem with the brain.


There are signs and symptoms indicated when a person is suffering from depression. These common signs and symptoms of depression fall into six broad categories; Emotional, Psychological, Social, Cognitive, Psychiatric and Physical.  Emotional involves a feeling of sadness, depressed mood, anxiety, irritability and the result of a normal reaction to a specific event, usually brief, such as loss of a job; Psychological is the result of an emotional conflict which cannot be resolved.  These may develop from childhood, or as a person matures; eg. a woman in a bad marriage who cannot make up her mind to leave, torn between her "love" or "dependency", and the unpleasantness she is experiencing every day or it may be psychological as in feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness and that recovery is impossible.  The sufferer lacks interest in his usual activities and the world around him, and often has oppressive guilt feelings and self-pitying self-absorption. Social sense when there is isolation, withdrawn behavior and poor job performance resulting to low productivity rate; Cognitive meaning obsessional thinking, decreased memory and poor concentration; Psychiatric, experiencing delusions, paranoid fears and hallucinations; and Physical or "Clinical" Depression, results when the stressors the individual experiences cause actual chemical changes in the brain.  These chemical changes are usually present as physical and/or behavioral changes, including constipation, mood varies during the day, decreased sex drive, oversleeping or insomnia, not enough energy or tired, negative thoughts, hypochondriasis, feeling agitated easily and occasionally suicidal thoughts or actions.  While the most severe of the rest, "Clinical" Depression is also the most treatable.  Positive response to appropriate antidepressant medication is as much as 80 to 90 percent.  The other depressions, when unresolved, may become "Clinical" Depressions. 


"Clinical" depression, also known as "major" depression, may also be inherited as a primary illness, requiring no precipitating events to manifest itself.  This genetic form of the disease may cause depressive symptoms chronically or, to a lesser extent, make the individual more vulnerable to developing symptoms of major depression under stress.  Like diabetes, or patients with high blood pressure, these individuals require chronic medical attention and should avoid situations which may aggravate their condition.  However, there are treatment which may be done with medication or psychotherapy, or a combination of both, to stabilize this so called "chemical imbalance" that the person is suffering.


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