HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M GETTING BETTER? (Depression, Anxiety, Depersonalization)

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Since most people get frustrated from time to time, there is that everlasting question if depression is indeed a illness. The answer is: yes. The deadly one, that is. It has been said that about one out of eight United States residents will likely become clinically depressed. A few experience it once in a lifetime, while others may have lots episodes.

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

Depression is a real illness as it involves the mental, psychological and even physical performance 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 handled nicely and immediately, it may increase to worse conditions. Like any 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 get involved with one’s power to act normally. It may happen once, but recurring episodes are a possibility.

Its less severe counterpart is dysthymia that is characterized by similar symptoms of major depression, only they don’t totally hinder one’s activities. A person that has dysthymic disorder may suffer major major depression sometime during his life.

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

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

1. Persistent “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 rest problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic body change or reduction

9. Suicidal attempts plus desires.

10. Pronounced becoming easily irritated

11. Physical aches and pains that have no physiological basis

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

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