Once in a while, occurrences in our lives disappoint us and make us sad. having a bad day could lead you to say ”I am so depressed.” Some people utter that depression feels like a black curtain of despair coming down over their lives. Although feeling depressed once in our lives is normal, chronic depression happens among people who are not able to recover from the normal cycle of sorrow. They are those individuals who have not coped up from stress.
Depression is not just a state of mind but it is also related to physical changes in our brain. It is said that depression could be caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters that carry signals in the brain and nerves. Too much work from the stress respond system propel emotional centers of the brain into overdrive so that negative events make a disproportionate impact and hijack rational response systems. It makes an individual to cannot clearly think. It makes one think over and over about the difficulties and disappointments one come across until that’s all one can focus on. The individual’s genes and environment can be both a caused of depression. To some people, being depressed is inherited. They are inclined to be depressed even when faced with mild stress due to inherited causes. On the other hand, there are people who are not able to adjust to certain changes in their lives, like losing a loved one, or even when after getting married, get depressed. These individuals may not have inherited depression but still they are prone to be depressed when they are not able to pull through from their gloomy moments. In addition, a pessimistic personality characterized by a low self-esteem, and a negative outlook are at higher risk of becoming depressed. As said earlier, it is normal for people to become depressed but only for a short while. A prolonged depression could always lead to other psychological disorders.
When you get depressed, you feel hopeless and sad. You may not feel any pleasure from almost anything you do. Others either lose or gain weight because of changes in appetite. There are those who will develop insomnia while others would develop hypersomnia. Also, a depressed person is either restless or feels tired all the time that moving seems to be a great effort .
In taking a look at depression, one should also take into account diffrences in gender. Women are almost twice as likely to become depressed as men. This could be because of hormonal changes brought on by puberty, menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy. This fact might be debatable because in most cases only a small number of men seek help to cure their depression. Men usually cover their depression with drugs or alcohol. On an interesting fact, a high number of men are seen to commit suicide due to depression. Elder people are also prone to becoming depressed. This can be probably due to the burden of having to adjust living alone while their children are having their own lives. Seeing themselves useless and unimportant could also lead older people to become depress.
Once you have the disorder of depression, the disorder wont leave you on its own. One must do something with it. We are lucky that in the present, treatments are therapies are easily available to teat depression. Supportive therapy assists relieve the pain of depression, and tackles the feelings of hopelessness. Cognitive treatment on the other hand, changes the cynical thoughts, expectations, and negative self-evaluations that create depression and sustain it. This remedy facilitates the person tell apart significant from minor problems and it helps one to build up positive life goals and a more positive self-evaluation. Behavioral therapy lets an individual to make constructive solutions to certain problems. This develops better coping skills. These therapies may be combined for a better and faster recovery.
Though depression may have biological basis, it is still a state of mind. Everyone can control their mind. The mind may be very powerful in instilling thoughts that could affect one’s judgment and outlook in life, but everyone is capable of allowing these pessimistic rule over all aside and decide
to see the bright side of life.