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According to a medical expert, depression has been predicted to cause more death in 2030 than any other plague that has ever existed and it is high time that we do not let it come near our dwelling place.
What is Depression?.
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect a person’s daily life. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger.
General Facts gathered about depression from the World Health Organization are.
- Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- Depression can lead to suicide.
- More women are affected by depression than men.
- Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide
Types of Depression.
Depression can be in various forms and categories different types of depression includes
1. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
A major depressive disorder is a mood disorder often noted by features like Change in Appetite, Changes in sleep, Feelings of worthlessness and guilt.
major depressive disorder symptoms
They are often physically detected and notable.
If a person experiences the majority of these symptoms for longer than a two-week period, they will often be diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder.
2. Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD).
Another type of depression is a persistent depressive disorder.
Symptoms of persistent depressive disorder are slightly the same with Major Depressive Disorder.
And they are Low self-esteem, Sleeping too much, Changes in appetite, Feelings of sadness and Trouble concentrating.
This symptom is known to lasts for two months or less.
The disorder affects more women than men.
3. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
This kind of depression is common to women.
Among the most common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are irritability, fatigue, anxiety, moodiness, bloating, increased appetite, food cravings, aches, and breast tenderness.
4. Postpartum Depression (PPD).
Pregnancy can bring about significant hormonal shifts that can often affect a woman’s moods.
Depression can have its onset during pregnancy or following the birth of a child.
postpartum depression symptoms can include Low mood, feelings of sadness, severe mood swings, Social withdrawal, Trouble bonding with your baby, Appetite changes.
5. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
This kind of depression is known to be triggered by the season and any seasonal variation in night/day pattern can cause a disruption leading to depression,
SAD is more common in far northern or far southern regions of the planet and can often be treated with light therapy to offset the seasonal loss the daylight.
Depression Stats you Should Know.
1. Untreated depression increases a person’s risk of suicide which has led to the death of over Over 47,000 Americans Each year.
2. 10-27% of post-stroke patients experience depression.
3. Depression has been discovered to be the second most common mental health condition among patients living with HIV.
4. 1/3 of persons with diabetes experience depression.
5. 7 million adults aged 65 years and older are affected by depression.
6. Women have been discovered to be more prone to depression than their male counterpart.
7. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
8. Depression contributes to the estimated $100 billion annual costs of depression for U.S. employers, including $44 billion a year in lost productivity alone.
9. From 2001 through 2017 for the total population, the total suicide rate increased 31% from 10.7 to 14.0 per 100,000 and this has its root cause to be depression.
10. 1.9 million children, 3 – 17, have diagnosed depression.
you should watch out more for your teenage children.
Symptoms of depression You Should know
Depression can be hidden in most cases and symptoms might not be visible to the outside world.
Here are some few notable to watch out for.
1. Low Mood.
There are many reasons for us to be sad but when it endures longer than a day then depression might be locking in.
2. Decreased Interest or Pleasure.
In cases like this, the person in question might not enjoy what he or she used to enjoy and this is a major sign of depression.
A person exhibiting this symptom will show markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, daily activities such as favourite hobbies or sports or even se**.
3. disrupted Appetite.
Whether be it overeating or under-eating.
A most common sign of depression can be noticeable in a person’s appetite.
For example, a very weighted person just suddenly becomes very slim and weak or a once slim person who once loved fitness and just loses interest in fitness is also a sign of depression.
4. Sleep Disturbances
Sleep disturbances including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, feeling sleepy despite a full night’s rest, or daytime sleepiness can indicate a strong sign of depression.
5. Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt.
Excessive, inappropriate guilt and feelings of worthlessness are common symptoms of major depressive disorder
Maybe it’s the feeling of the past wrongdoings nobody can forgive you unless you forgive yourself.
6. Poor Concentration.
The inability to concentrate on one’s daily activity can be a major sign of depression.
People with depression may recognize this in themselves or others around them may notice that they’re struggling to think clearly.
causes of depression.
According to health and medical experts at Harvard here are the major causes of depression.
Stress has been a major cause of depression and should be avoided at all cost.
At some point, nearly everyone encounters stressful life events: the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, an illness, or a relationship spiralling downward.
Some must cope with the early loss of a parent, violence, or sexual abuse.
While not everyone who faces these stresses develops a mood disorder — in fact, most do not.
stress plays an important role in depression.
As the previous section explained, your genetic makeup influences how sensitive you are to stressful life events. When genetics, biology, and stressful life situations come together, depression can result.
2.Early Loss and Trauma.
Other major causes of depression have been identified and it is vast spreading the rise of depression.
Certain events can have lasting physical, as well as emotional, consequences.
Researchers have found that early losses and emotional trauma may leave individuals more vulnerable to depression later in life.
Profound early losses, such as the death of a parent or the withdrawal of a loved one’s affection, may resonate throughout life, eventually expressing themselves as depression.
When an individual is unaware of the wellspring of his or her illness, he or she can’t easily move past the depression.
Moreover, unless the person gains a conscious understanding of the source of the condition, later losses or disappointments may trigger its return.
Many researchers believe that early trauma causes subtle changes in brain function that account for symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The key brain regions involved in the stress response may be altered at the chemical or cellular level.
3. Medical Problems.
Depression has also been discovered to be deeply rooted in medical problems.
Most of which have led to fatal medical conditions.
Certain medical problems are linked to lasting, significant mood disturbances. In fact, medical illnesses or medications may be at the root of up to 10% to 15% of all depressions.
Among the best-known culprits are two thyroid hormone imbalances. An excess of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can trigger manic symptoms.
On the other hand, hypothyroidism, a condition in which your body produces too little thyroid hormone, often leads to exhaustion and depression.
Heart disease has also been linked to depression, with up to half of heart attack survivors reporting feeling blue and many having significant depression.
Depression can spell trouble for heart patients: it’s been linked with slower recovery, future cardiovascular trouble, and a higher risk of dying within about six months.
Are you plagued by depression, this post is here to guide you on a successful recovery from depression
Solutions to Depression.
So many doctors have postulated solutions for depression but I am going to lay down some very few solutions that have worked for me over the years and please pardon me I am not a doctor of any sort.
More reason I cannot recommend any sort of medical prescription for you because I am not a doctor.
I am going to be coming from a more social and psychological angle on how to overcome depression.
1. Always Leave Room For Little Disappointment.
I was watching a reality TV show sometimes ago and I stumble upon a quote which was stated by an evicted contestant and it says
No matter how positive you are, always leave room for little disappointment.
Studies has shown that the first signs of depression are likely to awaken from faulty relationships whether it be a very close or a trustworthy friend or a lover.
Dear reader, you should learn and never dispute the fact that change is constant and people are limited by resources around them, this does not make them bad people but this in-turn teaches you to be always ready to accept and live with every manner of differences that you might encounter while dealing with people.
And if the relationship in question is one that involves a Lover, you should also bear in mind that there is no one man for every one woman, as a man or a woman you have thousands of match-mates.
If the relationship in question is not working, don’t get too attached as not to let go, i know it very hard especially for women because they tend to love very hard than men, but my one-time advice to you is to move on when one door closes another opens already most times we stare too much at the former door.
2. Pick Up A Passion, Develop A Talent.
Another popular proverb popularly used in a Christian setting is.
An Idle Mind Is A devil Workshop.
Suicidal thoughts, Feeling of worthlessness tends to creep in when we have nothing doing or no ambition in sight and the only way to tackle this feeling is to engage our mind in one or two things, you can pick up a passion in humanitarian services, or better still developer a long-hidden talent.
Here are articles to get you started on your journey to self-discovery.
3. Believe In Yourself.
Dear reader, whether you believe in it or not, You are limited edition and there is only one version of your existing and will ever have existed.
This point has also been proven to be true in science with the study and discovery of the fingerprints. No matter how populated the earth might seem no fingerprints is the same, this explains how unique we are as people.
Also, have it at the back of your mind that you are here to pave the way for generations born and unborn, you should know that your failure is their failure. Imagine if
- Mark Zuckerberg has given up and had not created Facebook
- Christopher Columbus did not set on the voyage that led to the discovery of present-day America
- Larry Page did not develop Google.
- Thomas Edison did not discover the bulb light.
- Micheal Faraday did not discover electricity.
- Robert Kiyosaki did not write the popular Finance Book Called Rich Dad.
- Wright Brother did not develop the aircraft which have become the fastest and coolest means of transportation.
- Alexander Graham did not discover the telephone.
- I did not start this Blog
- Lastly, Jesus Christ refused to die for mankind.
4. Be Positive.
In medicine, we were meant to understand that when you cultivate the habits of smiling always you body is compelled to release some hormones that are beneficiary to the body, the reverse is the case when we frown and exhibit sadness.
In conclusion when you are positive always you unconsciously emit a vibe that compels both seen and unseen elements on earth to work in your favour.
So keep smiling and be positive all will be well and alright though it might seem that is will not.
5. Believe In God.
Dear reader, whether you believe it or not, there is a creator somewhere and he overseas the warfare of men/
we are also meant to understand that he sent his only begotten son Jesus to die for the whole world even if his own people do not believe in him, he promises to send us a comforter called the holy spirit to guide us while he goes to prepare a place for us in heaven.
You can only receive this comforter only if you believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as your personal Lord and saviour.
One of the duties of the comforter is to teach us all things known and unknown to this world, to ease our pain and lastly to put us right whenever we are going wrong.
Have you accepted Jesus Today, I leave you to think and come to conclusion yourself?
Dear reader it is important to know that depression is a satanic and an end time rage from the pit of he** and we must strive hard with all strength not to allow it get to near us because it is written in the bible in 1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Dear reader, I want you to know that we are predestined to meet in this world but maybe not physically, I am so glad that we could meet on this platform today.
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