You probably have already read so much about this crippling and pervasive disease. It is widely common and according to the WHO, it devastates the lives of 300 million people of all ages.
People normally refer to depression as being an all-inclusive diagnosis. But here are the 3 types of states that is most common to find depression:
Every day Depression
You feel sad, at times falling into a non-desired state but your friends and family are able to get you back to an improved state. There are bad days but you have good days too. You isolate sometimes but that is only temporarily. This is the kind of state where people manage the most on their own, by reading self-help books to gain skills or talking to friends or family members.
You have a big loss, you lost your job or you lost a family member. Your state lasts for weeks as you go through a grieving period or as you collect your strength back to normal. You may contact a therapist and maybe able to handle the situation without medication. Eventually, you will recover from what happened to you, but it can take some time.
Some individuals have the same problems of every day or reactive depression but they are unable to recover. It takes them weeks or months, sometimes years to recover. Sometimes they need to learn how to live with the condition for the rest of their lives. You may contact a psychiatrist or a doctor to prescribe you medication and in addition to it, you want to have the assistance of a psychotherapist to help you with the skill while you are taking the pill. A combination of both approaches is probably the best.
Symptoms for major depression stem from a mix of a biochemical disorder with a genetic component where people cannot take the simplest pleasures of life (anhedonia or absence of dopamine). They suffer from guilt and they grieve extensively. They might engage in self-injury as aggression is turned inwards.
Some people say they can’t get out of bed, and that is because depression causes psychomotor retardation (absence of norepinephrine). They are often exhausted, they can’t do simple tasks such as laundry or taking a shower. They have trouble sleeping or they wake up in the middle of the night, their sleep is very disordered. Their appetite decreases, among other vegetative symptoms.
If you would like to explore more ways that can increase your skills when faced with this crippling disease, I can help you. Contact me for a free consultation.