Depression is a state of mind that can happen to anyone and can bring on a variety of symptoms such as not wanting to be with family and friends, unable to sleep, eating too much or too little, feeling angry or aggressive or feeling restless.
There are several types of depression such as major depression, postpartum depression, bipolar and manic depression. It is important to keep in mind that depression is much different from feeling sad; depression interferes in your ability to sleep, work and have fun. Feeling hopeless, helpless and worthless are other feelings of depression.
Other symptoms of depression are being unable to concentrate, feeling irritable, drinking too much alcohol, engaging in reckless behavior or thinking that life is not worth living.
Major depression is when a person is unable to experience pleasure or enjoyment from daily life. Symptoms of major depression are often moderate to severe. If major depression is left untreated, it can go on for six months or more. However, there are things you can do to keep major depression from coming back; such as changing your lifestyle by adding exercise to your daily life, changing your eating habits and by talking with a counselor.
Mild depression is when you feel mildly depressed; even though you may have days when you feel normal. It is important to note that the symptoms of mild depression are not nearly as strong as that of major depression; however, they often are longer, sometimes longer than two years. Some who suffer from mild depression say that feeling depressed is normal for them. However, mild depression can be treated with therapy and/or prescription drugs.
Bipolar disorder is another example of depression. This kind of depression is also known as manic depression. Mood changes with bipolar disorder include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, little sleep and rapid speech. Mood extremes change gradually with this disorder; with each depressive session lasting for about several weeks. It is important to keep in mind that when a person who is bipolar becomes depressed, he or she shows symptoms of major depression. However, treatments for this disorder are different from what a person with depression takes because antidepressants can heighten bipolar depression.
Some may not know it but many doctors and health experts agree that depression is not only brought on by a chemical imbalance in the brain but is also caused by lifestyle choices and coping mechanisms. In addition, there are risk factors for depression such as loneliness, little social support, family history of depression, financial problems, early childhood trauma or neglect, alcohol abuse, health problems and chronic pain.
Most importantly, solving depression can often be resolved by first finding out what is causing the depression. For instance, if you just moved into a new home and are feeling depressed, making new friends or finding a new hobby may help. Other effective treatments for depression are: therapy, medication, relaxation techniques, sleep, reducing stress, vitamins and acupuncture.
To conclude, one of the best treatment methods for depression is talking with someone you trust; such as a loved one, trusted friend or a therapy counselor. Types of depression and how to dealing with it can be found with counseling and antidepressants.