Most people feel depressed at some time or another. It is a normal human reaction to common life struggles, feelings of loss and low self-esteem. But when intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness last for weeks or months at a time and they prevent you from living a healthy and productive lifestyle, then it may be something more than you think.
It could be major depression – a mood disorder that causes consistent feelings of sadness and the loss of interest in day to day activities. This is sometimes caused by stressful life events and other times, by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It can cause major disruptions in a person’s job and family life. This condition is not something that anyone can just “snap out of” or push their way through.
Here is a list of some common signs of depression, according to the DSM-5, a manual used to help diagnose mental health disorders:
Feelings of hopelessness
Loss of interest in most activities that they once found enjoyable
Significant weight gain or weight loss
Persistent headaches, cramps or digestive problems
How do i know if i have depression?
According to the DSM-5, patients suffer from depression when they demonstrate at least 5 of these symptoms at the same time:
Dramatic weight loss or weight gain
Feelings of restlessness
Reoccurring thoughts of suicide
Loss of interest in almost all activities
Hypersomnia (sleeping excessively)
Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
Feeling depressed most of the day
Other types of depression
Other types of depression also include:
Persistent Depressive Disorder: This form of depression lasts for two years or longer and its symptoms are similar to that of major depression.
Bipolar Depression: This occurs in patients who suffer from bipolar disorder and used to be called “manic depression”. Patients experience extremely high levels of energy (mania), in which they seem unusually hyperactive and in some cases are delusional and feeling invincible, which is subsequently followed by very low levels of energy and depressive moods.
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Patients experience a period of major depression that most of the times, occurs during the winter months when the weather is colder and there is less sunlight.
Psychotic Depression: Patients experience symptoms of major depression along with feelings that fall out of touch with reality. These could include having delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations.
Roughly 14.8 million American adults struggle with major depression, according to the National Institute on Mental Health. The suicide rate among people with major depression is greater than any other psychiatric issue. Sadly, most people who suffer from major depression don’t ever seek treatment. When this condition is left undiagnosed and untreated like addiction, it gets progressively much worse, causing years of suffering and driving many people to death.
While many people who seek treatment for drug addiction do demonstrate signs of depression at one point or another, there are many people who also struggle with co-occurring mental health disorders. In cases like these, patients should receive treatment for both conditions in which an integrative treatment incorporating addiction treatment and therapeutic options to treat the underlying causes of addiction and other mental health issues should be sought out.
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