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What is Depression?


What is Depression?
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The best definition of depression can be obtained by considering its medical effect on a person. Therefore, depression is a medical condition that exhibits sadness or melancholy state. This condition is known to have very serious effects on a person health for a time span of more than three weeks. Depression is known to affect the following:

Thoughts of a person.

Moods of a person.

The manner in which a person sleeps and eats.

The way a person communicates with other people.

And the way a person perceives others.

Ideally, depression is a state of mind that completely affects the way a person makes decisions as well as responds to people comments, and so on.

Moreover, depression can be termed as a mental disorder that is meant to affect the interests, feelings, and self-esteem of a person. In addition, a depressed individual usually presents depressed moods, lack of appetite and sleep, complete lack of concentration, and at times a patient may suffer low energy problems.

Depression is a constant medical condition that can be periodic, especially if not treated. The disease can become chronic when whatever conditions causing it are continuous. Ideally, a person’s abilities to handle simple issues that call for thinking are completely shattered. At times depression may be severe to the extent of causing a person death.

When the condition grows chronic, a depressed person may present the following: complete sadness, hopelessness, anxious moods, oversleeping, constant low energy conditions, low concentration, frequent conditions of restlessness, recurring digestive disorders, and persistent headaches, complete brain interruptions that may drive a person to want to take his or her own life. The pain that accrues as a result of depression is usually untreatable. However, it can be controlled and managed by treating the condition.

People with mania/ hypomania disorders may termed as manic depressions. Furthermore, manic depression exists in a number of forms. The forms are: bipolar I, which is known to have a single manic phase accompanied by high depressive episodes; and the bipolar II, which has a single phase of manic depression and a single hypomanic.