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Depression – What is It?
Depression – What is It?
The DSM is an acronym for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It attempts to classify different mental disorders into one single diagnosis. However, this approach tends to reify abstract phenomena such as depression. According to American archetypal psychologist James Hillman, depression can be a good thing for the soul because it brings with it limitations, gravity, weight, and a sense of humble powerlessness. Thus, any therapeutic attempt to get rid of depression is ultimately demonizing a state of being.
Although there is no definitive test for depression, screening tools exist that physicians use to diagnose patients. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is becoming as commonplace as the weather. When combined with medication, psychotherapy helps reduce symptoms and can even be used to treat other mental disorders, including bipolar disorder. Although the PHQ-9 has many limitations, it is a valuable tool for diagnosing and treating depression. Psychotherapy, along with other treatments, can help patients live more productive lives.
Although depression is more common in women than in men, the gender difference in the rates of depressive symptoms in both sexes diminishes with age. In Canada, women have a higher risk of depression than men, although the rate of depression declines with age. In women, it may be due to hormonal factors such as pregnancy, postpartum, or premenopause. For men, on the other hand, depression symptoms are typically accompanied by chronic sadness and discouragement and may be harder to detect.
The medical community is not completely sure what triggers depression, but we do know that the symptoms of the illness can range from anxiety to physical pain. Antidepressants are one option for treating depression. They do not have any habit-forming properties, nor do they create a pleasant high. They do not affect non-depressed people. So, there is no reason for depressed individuals to avoid antidepressants. A combination of therapies is the best way to treat depression.
The most common form of depression is called major depression. This form of depression affects people in many areas of their life. Those suffering from it often lose interest in things they once loved. Depression can lead to many physical and emotional problems, and it can be difficult to perform day-to-day activities. For many, life just doesn’t seem worth living. Although depression can affect anyone, the majority of people who suffer from it feel better with psychotherapy and medication.
Some people have no symptoms, while others exhibit a variety of symptoms. However, in order to receive a diagnosis of major depression, a person must display all or most of the symptoms of the disease. If only one or two of these symptoms occur, the condition is considered subsyndromal. Treatment of subsyndromal depression can be helpful if they do not seem to be affecting a major aspect of one’s life.
Although depression can be caused by a variety of factors, the root causes are often difficult to pinpoint. Research indicates that genetics play a role in determining the risk of developing depression, but this is not conclusive. Research is needed to determine the exact gene or genes responsible for depression in your family. People with a poor sense of self-esteem are also more likely to develop depression, which may increase the likelihood of a depressive episode.