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Because most people get depressed from time to time, there is that eternal question if depression is indeed a illness. The answer is: yes. The clinical one, that is. It has been said that about one out of 8 Usa residents will likely become clinically depressed. Several experience it once in a lifetime, while others have multiple episodes.

This is a fact: when a person gets depressed initially, there is a 55 percent chance that he will fall to the same predicament again. And come the second time, you will find the threat that this individual will go into a third manic depression episode.

Manic depression is a genuine illness as it involves the mental, psychological and even physical function of the person. That is not just a transient sad feeling that will go away when one wills it to. There are symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not handled properly and soon, it may escalate to worse conditions. Similar to other illness, depressive disorder has also variations.

There are three types of depressive disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and dysthymic disorder.

Major depression is a culmination of all the symptoms and signs that intervene with one’s power to take action normally. It could happen once, but continious episodes are a possibility.

Its less severe counterpart is dysthymia that is characterized by similar symptoms of serious depression, only they do not totally interfere with one’s activities. A person who has dysthymic disorder could suffer major major depression sometime during his lifetime.

Bipolar disorder is also a kind of major depression that involves drastic feeling changes, from being very high a minute or so to seriously depressed another minute. The mania cycle can make the individual hyper and overenthusiastic but it transforms as soon as the frustrated cycle hits. The depressed cycle encompasses all the symptoms of depression.

Mainly because depression is an illness, there are symptoms. Again, they are the next:

1. Continious “empty” feeling

2. Serious hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and worthless all the time

4. Absence or loss of passions in activities that used to bring joy to the patient and this includes sex.

5. Prominent fatigue

6. Has a difficult time {making|taking decisions

7. Development of sleep problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic body change or reduction

9. Suicidal attempts plus desires.

10. Pronounced frustration

11. Physical aches and pains that contain no physiological basis

The good thing is at the end of this dark canal called depression, there is great hope. Treatment is available in 3 types: psychiatric therapy, antidepressant medicine and the mixture of the two. At this time there are also times when electroconvulsive remedy (ECT) and light remedy are employed.

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