Depression is a common condition that will affect roughly one in 10 people at some point in their life. It is not just extreme sadness, but has a wide variety of symptoms and causes that affect both our brain and our body.
The unhappiness and low mood that characterises depression is very different to simply feeling down or sad. Depression interferes with our daily functioning in areas of work, school and relationships. Sufferers can experience a spectrum of troubling emotions and physical problems.
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Symptoms Of Depression
As the symptoms of depression are varied and complex, many people may not know they are depressed, and may confuse the condition with a physical illness. Generally though, depression presents itself in the form of unrelenting low mood or sadness, a loss of interest in pleasurable things and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. These symptoms may vary in intensity, and the frequency and length of episodes will also differ. In some cases, depression can last for weeks, months or even years.
Other symptoms of depression can include:
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Depressive moods
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Feeling constantly anxious, tearful and worried
- Poor concentration and indecisiveness
- Irritability and intolerance of others
- Not getting enough enjoyment out of life
- Low self-esteem
- Excessive and inappropriate guilt
- Having no motivation or interest in things
- Extreme tiredness and loss of energy
- Changes in sleeping patterns, broken nights or oversleeping
- Changes in eating patterns - loss of appetite or overeating
- Tiredness and loss of energy
- Persistent headaches and/or stomach upsets
- Chronic pain
- Moving or speaking slower than usual
- Loss of libido
- Changes to the menstrual cycle
- Increased isolation from friends and family
- Avoiding taking part in social activities
- Productivity falling at work or school
- Neglecting hobbies and interests
Treatment For Depression
Even in its most severe forms, depression is highly treatable. A range of treatment options are provided, but the two main forms tend to be talking therapies and medication, which are often highly effective when used in combination.
Talking therapies for depression
There are a range of evidence-based therapies that are recommended in the treatment of depression including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Counselling and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The essential aim of each of these therapies is to help individuals understand, manage and improve their symptoms of depression.
Alongside talking therapy, medication may be prescribed by GPs to help sufferers who are experiencing moderate to severe depression. Antidepressants can help to ease common symptoms such as poor sleep, low mood, and poor concentration which can help sufferers to function more normally and can even increase the ability to deal with difficult situations and problems if they arise. Such medication however is not effective for everybody, which is why talking therapies is recommended in combination with medication.