What is Depression?
Depression is an extreme feeling of sadness and discouragement. It can affect anyone at any age. It is not connected with and does not develop into insanity.
Depression varies in severity. Some people will experience a mild form of depression and will be able to carryout day to day activities. Others will experience a severe form of depression and may lack the energy or desire to perform day to day activities.
Some people will experience depression once or twice in their lifetime. For others, depression is a recurring disease.
Signs of Depression
What Causes Depression?
There are many causes of depression. The most common causes are major changes in life such as: passage from childhood to adulthood, and sudden trauma (divorce, loss of job, loss of a loved one). For some people, depression is a recurring disease.
Depression and Stress
If you regularly suffer from depression, prolonged exposure to stress can increase the duration and severity of depression.
Depression and Exercise
Research has shown that exercise is a helpful way to treat depression. Exercise helps treat depression by:
***If you are currently taking medication do not stop taking it without consulting your doctor.
Treatments for Depression
It is important to continue taking the medication even if you begin to feel better. Sometimes, patients are tempted to stop medication too soon. They may feel better and think they no longer need the medication. Medications must be taken regularly for 3 to 4 weeks before the full effect occurs.
Other treatment options include: group therapy and talking with a counselor.
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