Churchill’s Finest Hobby

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Painting Helped Him Beat Depression, and Nazi Germany

Churchill’s Finest Hobby

Winston Churchill once wrote that “The cultivation of a hobby and new forms of interest is therefore a policy of first importance”. He knew this well. Even as he warned the world about the threat of totalitarian regimes and led Britain … Read More

Because a lot of 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 said that about 1 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: if the 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 into a third manic depression episode.

Depression is a genuine illness as it involves the mental, psychological and even physical faculties of the person. That 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 managed properly and immediately, it may increase to worse conditions. Similar to other illness, depression has also variations.

There are 3 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 capacity to work normally. It could happen once, but recurring episodes are possible.

Its less severe counterpart is dysthymia which 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 depressive disorder sometime during his life.

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

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

1. Continious “empty” feeling

2. Unbelievable hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and hopeless most the time

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

5. Visible fatigue

6. Has a difficult time {making|taking decisions

7. Development of rest problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic body change or loss

9. Suicidal attempts plus desires.

10. Pronounced frustration

11. Physical aches and pains that contain no physiological basis

The good thing is at the end of this dark tunnel called depression, there is great hope. Treatment is available in 3 types: psychiatric therapy, antidepressant medicine and the combination of both. Right now there are also times when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and light therapy are employed.

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