Why We Feel the Need to Explain Ourselves and Justify Our Choices

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“You are responsible for your intention, not your reception.” ~Amy E. Smith

I’ve realized that I put a lot of energy into trying to explain my decisions. Sometimes those explanations are an honest attempt to connect with another person or to step a little further out of hiding. Often, they are a result of … Read More

Since a lot of folks get depressed from time to time, there is that endless question if depression is a real illness. The answer is: yes. The deadly one, that is. It has been stated that about 1 out of 8 United States residents will possibly become clinically depressed. Some experience it once in a lifetime, while others have multiple episodes.

This is a fact: when a person gets depressed for the first time, there is a 40 percent chance that this individual will fall to the same predicament again. And come the 2nd time, you have the threat that this individual will go into a third manic depression episode.

Depression is a real illness as it involves the mental, emotional and even physical function of the person. This is not only a transitive sad feeling that will go away when one wants it to. There are symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not managed properly and immediately, it may increase to worse conditions. Similar to other illness, depressive disorder has also variations.

There are 3 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 power to work normally. It can happen once, but continious episodes are possible.

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 depression sometime during his life.

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

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

1. Persistent “empty” feeling

2. Serious hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and worthless most the time

4. Shortage or loss of interests in activities that used to bring joy to the person 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 weight change or loss

9. Suicidal attempts and thoughts.

10. Pronounced irritability

11. Physical aches and discomfort that have no physiological basis

Fortunately at the end of this dark canal called depression, there is great hope. Treatment is available in 3 types: psychotherapy, antidepressant medicine and the combination of the 2. There are also times when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and light therapy are use.

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