Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.

Depression is like weather that can turn fine one moment and gloomy the next. People with depression sometimes have trouble even getting out of their house. On other days, they make merry with their friends, laugh their hearts out, and then break down into uncontrollable sobs when life feels unbearable.

What depression looks like you ask? It’s not always smudged eye makeup or staying in bed all day. Sometimes, it also can be overachieving and perfectly hidden.

 Different Types of Depression

  • Major Depressive Disorder. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a mood disorder in which a person experiences most of the following symptoms for more than two weeks: 
  • Dysthymia. 
  • Bipolar Disorder. 
  • Psychotic Depression. 
  • Postpartum Depression. 
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder.

depression -signs and symptoms

A feeling of emptiness or sadness, reduced interest in activities you used to enjoy, lack of energy and constant fatigue, irritability, pain and other physical changes, sleep disorder, loss of appetite and the lack of concentration.

Find ways to handle stress and improve your self-esteem, take good care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly. Reach out to family and friends when times get hard. Get regular medical checkups, and see your provider if you don’t feel right.

Depression - how to heal it?

Concentrate on Your goals (find workable goals that give you a sense of accomplishment.), pleasant events (schedule pleasant activities or events), engage (focus on people who lift you up), sleep regularly (try to keep a regular sleep schedule).

Read also: Anxiety!

Ruthie Regular

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