Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What is Depression?Are you depressed?

Are you depressed? You should know What is depression?
The depression is much more than just sadness.

Lots of people mix up sadness and depression.Sadness is a normal reaction to life's struggles, setbacks, and disappointments,and people often use the word "depression" to explain these kinds of feelings, but actually that depression is far more than just sadness.

 Many of us describe depression as "living in a black hole" or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don't feel sad at all,they might feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, or men in particular might even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.

Identifying Depression
Credit: Yair Neuman/Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Regardless of the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness and it engulfs your daily life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and play. The sentiments of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.

Am I in Depression?  Are you depressed? How do you know you are depressed?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and in addition they just won’t disappear completely, you may be in clinical depression.
  1. can’t sleep or you sleep too much
  2. can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
  3. feeling hopeless and helpless
  4. can’t take control of your negative thoughts, regardless how much you try
  5. lost your appetite or maybe you can’t stop eating
  6. happen to be much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual 
  7. consuming more alcohol than usual or engaging in other reckless behavior
  8. have thoughts that life is not worth living

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