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Seeking Out Depression

Depression is a major ailment in the world today. Almost everyone I know has some form of it. Millions of patients are reported every year and even more are not reported at all. Some are even children and the more extreme cases can even be fatal.

There are many different types of depression today. Every one of them show different signs and can affect the patient differently. Major depression is an extreme prolonged low of emotions which may only occur once in a person’s lifetime. However, some people have this form many times throughout their lives and sometimes it gets worse the more they have. Chronic depression is less severe than major, but can last longer as well and can include major depression during its cycle. Bipolar depression has shifts or mood swings. One minute the patients are cheery or up and the next they could be anywhere from completely crushed to extremely angry. Seasonal depression is based on a specific season. The symptoms only occur during that time. Psychotic depression is a form that also features psychotic episodes.

Symptoms vary depending on what type of depression you may have, but all of them have some symptoms and signs that can be looked for. There could be changes in sleep patterns. Either the patient could be sleeping far more or less to an extreme amount. Most types of depression include this. Also weight changes could be a sign that the person is depressed. Changes in mood are another sure sign that there is something wrong. The patient may become more irritable or sad or even have boosts of emotions. There can also be aches and pains that are unexplained. These are only a few of the symptoms that can be associated with the different types of depression.

Almost every form of depression is treated with a combination of medication and therapy. The type of medication is usually the main thing that changes depending on the type of depression. The therapist may also change tactics based on the type. Either way all of the will include these two things unless specified by the patient and the doctor is alright with them not doing one or the other. Also there may be a need to be observed by being put in to the psychiatric ward of a hospital for 72 or more hours. These stays are normally only 72 hours but can be much longer depending on the severity of the case.

No matter which form of depression is involved, there is a need for treatment even if it is just therapy to help the patient come out of the state they are in. Depression can cause a large amount of detriment to the sufferer’s life. So if you see someone that may have this condition talk to them and try to help.


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