Depression is a disorder of the brain. This complex illness has a substantial impact on overall health and wellness and should always be taken seriously. More than the blahs, or the blues, when you have depression the feelings never go away. Instead, they persist and interfere with daily life.
Symptoms range from feelings of sadness, fatigue and a loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable.
Depression has a variety of causes, including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Depression can happen at any age, but it often begins in teens and young adults. And it’s much more common in women.
There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants, talk therapy, or both. If you think you have depression, always consult your doctor for help.
if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms...
- Sadness or "empty mood"
- Irritation or pessimism
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Difﬁculty concentrating or remembering
Talk to a healthcare professional about the start date, frequency and severity of your symptoms. If you think someone has depression, encourage him or her to seek the right help.
If feeling better, do not stop treatment. Doctors will help you slowly and safely decrease medication or therapy. Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately.
Focus on a Healthy Lifestyle
- Be active and exercise.
- Spend time with friends and relatives.
- Postpone important decisions until you feel better.