Happy Birthday! The Emotion Machine Is 8 Years Old

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Exactly 8 years ago today, The Emotion Machine published its very first article.

At the time when I first started this website, I had no idea what it was going to turn into. Now we have over 500 articles about a range of topics in psychology and self improvement, along with thousands of readers on a daily basis.

Despite this success, The Emotion Ma… Read More

Since most people get frustrated 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 stated that about one out of eight United states of america residents will likely become clinically depressed. Some experience it once in a lifetime, while others can have multiple episodes.

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

Depression is a genuine illness as it involves the mental, emotional and even physical function of the person. This is not just a transitive sad feeling that will go away when one wills it to. There are symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not managed nicely and soon, it may escalate to worse conditions. Similar to other illness, major depression has also variations.

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

Major depression is a culmination of all symptoms and signs that get involved with one’s capability to work normally. It may happen once, but continious episodes are a possibility.

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

Bipolar disorder is also a type of depression that involves drastic feeling changes, from being very high a minute or so to severely depressed the next. The mania cycle could make the individual hyper and overenthusiastic but it changes as soon as the depressed cycle hits. The stressed out cycle has all the symptoms of depression.

Since depression is a health problem, there are symptoms. Again, they are the next:

1. Continious “empty” feeling

2. Unbelievable hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and worthless most the time

4. Lack or loss of interests in activities that used to bring happiness to the individual and this includes sex.

5. Visible fatigue

6. Has a difficult time {making|taking decisions

7. Development of sleep problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic body change or loss

9. Suicidal attempts plus thoughts.

10. Pronounced becoming easily irritated

11. Physical aches and pains which have no physiological basis

Fortunately at the end of this dark tunnel called depression, there is hope. Treatment is gotten in 3 types: psychiatric therapy, antidepressant medicine and the mixture of both. There are also times when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and light therapy are employed.

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