Honesty Is a Gift, So We Don’t Have to Hide Our True Feelings

Source: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/honesty-gift-dont-hide-feelings/

“Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

I’ll never forget my progress report from third grade: “Jennifer shows disappointment when she’s not called on.”

This must have been a bad thing, because my mother sat me down to talk about it. App… Read More

Since most people get depressed from time to time, there is that endless question if depression is a real illness. The answer is: yes. The clinical one, that is. It has been said that about one out of 8 United States residents will likely become clinically depressed. Some experience it once in a lifetime, while others have lots episodes.

This is a fact: if the person gets depressed the first time, there is a 50 percent chance that he will fall to the same predicament again. And come the 2nd time, you will find the threat that this individual will go into a third depressing episode.

Depression is a genuine illness as it involves the mental, emotional and even physical performance of the person. It is not only 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 nicely and soon, it may increase to worse conditions. Similar to other illness, depression has also variations.

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

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

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

Bipolar disorder is also a kind of major depression that involves drastic mood changes, from being very high one minute to seriously depressed the next. The manic cycle can make the person hyper and overenthusiastic but it changes as soon as the frustrated cycle hits. The stressed out cycle has all the symptoms of depression.

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

1. Persistent “empty” feeling

2. Serious hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and worthless most the time

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

5. Prominent fatigue

6. Has a difficult time {making|taking decisions

7. Development of sleeping problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic weight change or loss

9. Suicidal attempts and desires.

10. Pronounced frustration

11. Physical aches and discomfort which may have no physiological basis

Fortunately at the end of this dark canal called depression, there is great hope. Treatment is available in three types: psychotherapy, antidepressant medicine and the mixture of the 2. Right now there are also times when electroconvulsive remedy (ECT) and light therapy are use.

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