Are you always sad and gloomy? Have you lost interest in the activities that you normally enjoyed? Do you feel guilty or pessimistic for no real reason? Are you becoming upset easily and having thoughts of inferiority? If you answered yes to all these questions, you might be experiencing the physical and psychological symptoms of depression. Sadness or having a low mood which may in turn lower the activity level in certain areas of the brain is one of the most common and prominent symptoms of depression.
All age groups can be affected by depression. For instance, a teenager can lose interest in school, while an adult man may lack confidence in himself as a result of losing his hair. Other signs of depression include, constantly being in a difficult mood and becoming withdrawn from your social life. This depression may just cause you a little annoyance as the days go by. However, if this problem develops and persists, it can become so serious that it can cause you to become dysfunctional, particularly in the social aspect of your life. Depression at its worst can even lead you to becoming suicidal.
Depression exists in many different forms; lets consider a few of them. Mono-polar depression is a type of depression, which in its milder form produces symptoms that do not affect your involvement in social activities or your ability to do work. However, the cyclothymic disorder and bipolar disorder are associated with symptoms that do affect your daily routine. These disorders will cause you to experience periods of depression, by going through times where your mood level is very elevated and associated with increased mental and physical activity. This is also another form of depression that is defined by having unusual elevated mood, characterized by an unrealistic optimism, hyperactive behavior and lack of sleep.
There are a number of different factors that may be the source of these forms of depression. Some of these sources are mental straining, psychological stress, and long periods of physical struggle. A person suffering from depression will experience a decline in the activity of their nervous system, forcing the loss of critical nutrients that cause the nervous system to work properly. Lack of rest and periods of stress are also some other common agents of depression. There are those doctors who believe that depression is also a disease that can be inherited, and so consider genetics as one of the causes of depression.
Living an unhealthy and unsound life associated with too much fat and sugar, too much alcohol, too much caffeine and hardly any exercise can lead to the symptoms of depression. In addition, women who have given birth may undergo a period of depression very soon after the child is born. This occurs because of the physical and mental strains that most women must undergo during child bearing. Nevertheless, extended periods of depression can be treated with things such as anti-depressive medication, getting a lot of rest and living and eating healthier.