Depression – the silent killer
Depression is one form of ailment which is prevalent amongst us but most often, we downplay its immediate and latter effect on an individual. In most cases, people who exhibit attitude fueled by depression are seen as dramatic or over reactive. We look unconcerned until the worst has been committed.
The current human system is such that nobody cares about anyone anymore. We are all on our own and this is one of the main reasons why we cannot quickly identify and help people suffering from depression. Normally we perceive victims of depression of having a shabby physical appearance with an extremely sad emotional look. However, depression could be deceptive as the victim may act normal but will be emotionally grieved and disturbed.
Depression is a mood disorder that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, often interferes with a person’s ability to experience or anticipate pleasure and significantly interferes with functioning in daily life. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. Depression knows no age limit nor is gender bias. It could happen to anyone and more often the least of who is expected.
It is important to understand that at some point in time people naturally feel sad and down but to feel extremely sad and hopeless for a period of time could be a sign of one battling with depression. In the case of having the following underlying health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity; with depression these conditions can grow from worse to worst.
Symptoms of depression could be in the form of:
mood swings such as anger, aggressiveness, irritability, anxiousness, crying and restlessness
emotional well-being such as feeling empty, sad and hopeless.
behaviour such as loss of interest, no longer finding pleasure in favourite activities, feeling tired easily, thoughts of suicide, drinking excessively, using drugs, engaging in high risk activities
sexual interest such as reduced sexual desire, lack of sexual performance
cognitive abilities such as inability to concentrate, difficulty completing tasks, delayed responses during conversations
changes in sleep patterns such as insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleepiness, not sleeping through the night. All these physical symptoms shows that depression is not only in the head but affects the general well-being of the individual
physical well-being such as fatigue, pains, headache, digestive problems, decreased energy, changes in appetite, weight changes
Common causes of depression could be having
a family history of depression
early childhood trauma
brain structure in a case where the frontal lobe is less active
personal history of mental illness
stressful happenings and event
There is actually no test done to diagnose the presence of depression like other ailments. If left untreated, complications could include
weight gain or loss
substance use problems
thought of suicide
Depression is real therefore people suffering from it should open up to trustworthy people and or visit a specialised health care provider for immediate treatment. People around should also be approachable and concerned with the well-being of others as humanly as possible.