We are only human and we have had our moods and moments that we think the world is just rubbish and your self esteem may have taken a slide to the abyss of hopelessness at some point too. Let’s examine and explore the symptoms briefly here on what depression is and how to treat depression before we can understand it. There are at least 4 types of depression. A summary of the first two are here and the other 2 are on an external site for a more in depth read.
- Major Depression
- Bipolar Depression
- Post Natal Depression
- Psychotic Depression
- Psychotic Depression.
Symptoms Of Major Depression
Also known as clinical depression – The feeling of feeling down, demotivated, tired and even anti social and causes fatigue too. When this mood doesn’t pass and remains a cloud over you, this is when you need to seek help. According to research, this type of depression is the fourth leading medical cause of disability in western civilization and it’s on the way to being the second cause of illness besides heart disease in the western world. Depression can lead to fatalities by suicide. Sadly, depression is often overlooked as patients present vague physical symptoms.
Common and most overlooked symptoms can include:
- An over-hanging depressed mood that lasts an entire day and probably carry over to the next.
- No interest or even pleasure in doing anything – outdoor activities or social gatherings
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Inability to achieve deep sleep, insomnia or even hyperinsomnia
- Loss of energy almost everyday.
- Inappropriate guilt and low self esteem (feeling of unworthiness)
- Loss of the ability to concentrate and focus on menial tasks
- On and off thoughts of death and the idea of suicide
Read here for an extensive article on major depression.
Symptoms Of Bipolar Depression or Bipolar Disorder (also known as Manic Depression)
Bipolar disorder is by far the worst type of depression. The common feature of this disorder is the occurrence of manic and hypo-manic episodes, which are known as the highs coupled with a history of depressive bursts/episodes. When a person with bipolar disorder is experiencing their highs, he/she may not immediately recognize the illness and will show resistance to treatment. Anger and depression are moods that quickly shift rapidly and alternate between manic symptoms rapidly within a few days. The highs can be devastating – followed by the crash and burn phase that could reach the point of feeling suicidal due to their behavioural patterns which include just sitting in the room watching TV all day, uncommunicative, motor retardation just like those who suffer from major depression.
Read here for an extensive article on bipolar depression.
How To Treat Depression? A Self Help Breakthrough Guide.