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What Is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that affects your thoughts, feelings and behavior. It can have a serious impact on your life, including work and relationships. It can be treated with medication and psychotherapy.
What Is Depression?
The word depression comes from Greek and means “the state of being sad.” It is a common mental health condition that affects nearly one-third of the population. It can be caused by a number of factors, including the environment, illness, hormones and family history.
It can also be a result of chemical imbalances in the brain. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as low energy, poor concentration, weight loss or gain, and trouble sleeping.
Symptoms of depression can be hard to recognize, especially for children. They can appear in the form of irritability, clinginess or emotional outbursts. They may also include headaches, body aches and stomachaches. They can also include thoughts of suicide or committing a crime.
Treatment for depression is aimed at helping people get back to normal. Medications can be used to treat the underlying cause of depression, and therapy is used to learn coping skills, which can prevent depressive episodes in the future.
Antidepressant drugs are the most commonly prescribed medications for depression. They can help reduce the symptoms of depression by changing how chemicals in your brain work.
There are many types of antidepressants, but they vary in how well they work and how many side effects they have. Newer antidepressants tend to be more effective and have fewer side effects than older ones.
Medication can help reduce the symptoms of depression, but it may take a while for it to work. Your doctor can help you choose the right drug for you. You might need several different kinds to find the best combination of treatments.
Some people experience unpleasant side effects from taking certain medications for depression, including a dry mouth and a drowsy feeling. You may be more likely to experience these side effects if you have a liver or kidney disease. They can also make your heart rate and blood pressure go up. These can be uncomfortable, and they can interfere with other medications you take.
If you are having severe side effects from your medication, your doctor can prescribe another type of medication or refer you to a specialist who can evaluate you and provide a diagnosis. They can also recommend alternative therapies, such as massage or acupuncture, that you might try to improve your symptoms.
You can also try meditation, progressive muscle relaxation or tai chi. These techniques can help you relax and manage stress, which can be an important part of treating depression.
Getting good sleep, eating healthy and being physically active can help you feel better, too. It can also help keep your immune system healthy and reduce inflammation in your body, which is linked to depression.
Acupuncture and hypnosis can also be helpful for some people with mild depression. Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting needles into specific points on the body to affect the function of your nerves. Hypnosis can teach you coping skills and help you understand your feelings and behaviors, which can improve your depression.