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A Quick History of the New Year’s Resolution

Are you making a New Year’s resolution this year? It’s quite likely you are, as surveys conducted in recent years show that something like 40 percent of Americans make one annually. And what are they resolving?

Last year’s Marist study, the annual gold standard of New Year’s resolutionology, showed that their number one goal was—good news, fellow citizens!—”being a better person,” beating out … Read More

Since most folks get stressed out from time to time, there is that eternal 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. Several 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 50 percent chance that he will fall to the same predicament again. And come the 2nd time, there is the threat that this individual will go to a third manic depression episode.

Manic depression is a real illness as it involves the mental, emotional and even physical faculties of the person. It is not only a transitive sad feeling that will go away when one wants it to. You will find symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not handled nicely and soon, it may escalate to worse conditions. Similar to other illness, depressive disorder in addition has variations.

There are three types of manic 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 capability to act normally. It may happen once, but recurring episodes are a possibility.

Its less severe friend is dysthymia which is characterized by the same symptoms of serious depression, only they do not totally hinder one’s activities. A person who has dysthymic disorder may 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 the next. The manic cycle could make the individual hyper and overenthusiastic but it changes as soon as the frustrated cycle hits. The depressed cycle has all the symptoms of depression.

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

1. Persistent “empty” feeling

2. Serious hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and hopeless all the time

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

5. Dominant 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 irritability

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

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

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