What is depression?

A loss of interest in things once enjoyed and persistent feelings of sadness are caused by a mood disorder known as depression. Depression is also referred to as clinical depression or major depressive disorder. The condition affects how one feels, behaves and thinks and often results in a number of emotional and even physical issues. Completing daily activities may become problematic as the person feels unmotivated and often hopeless, making everything seem pointless.

It is important to note that someone with depression is not just going through a phase of the ‘blues’, it is also not simply a weakness and one cannot just ‘snap’ out of it. It often requires long-term treatment.

Some of the hallmark symptoms of depression are sadness, anger, loss and even loneliness. The condition can have a negative effect on personal relationships, work, school and may even cause some other chronic health conditions or disorders. Most sufferers feel discouraged and unmotivated to live their lives, this often results in low productivity levels and lost time.

Arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases are a few examples of chronic conditions that can progress if someone has depression. There is no need, however, to feel discouraged, as most patients are able to lead healthy lives through therapy, medication and other forms of treatment.

It is best to always consult with a doctor or psychologist if you feel as though you or a loved one has depression as the condition can progress over time if left untreated. Those who seek treatment will often see dramatic improvements in their daily lives and symptoms with a matter of weeks.

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