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Depression – What is It?
Depression is a mental illness that can cause sad or empty feelings that last a long time. People with depression have difficulty functioning in their daily lives and often find it difficult to think clearly. The good news is that depression is treatable, and most people recover with help. The sooner treatment starts, the better.
Depression can affect people of all ages, races and sex. Some people with depression have a family history of the disorder, and others develop it after a medical or psychological trauma such as a car accident, stroke, miscarriage, war or abuse. Certain drugs and medications can also trigger depression. It’s important to recognize the symptoms and get treatment if you have depression, especially if it interferes with your life and well-being.
There are different treatments for depression, and some are more effective than others. Some treatments are psychotherapy or medication, and sometimes both. Psychotherapy (or talk therapy) involves talking with a trained therapist who can help you change negative thoughts and behaviors. There are many types of psychotherapy, and it can take time to find the right one for you. Some people with depression benefit from short-term therapy, while others need to continue therapy for months or years.
A variety of medications can help with depression, including antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Some are available in a pill, while others need to be given through a vein (intravenously). It may take some trial and error to find the right medication for you. Some people respond better to certain antidepressants than to others, and it’s not uncommon for your doctor to switch you from one type of drug to another.
Symptoms of depression vary by person, but can include sadness or despair, a loss of interest in hobbies or other activities, trouble sleeping, feelings of guilt or worthlessness and suicidal thoughts or attempts. People with depression feel more tired than usual and may have physical problems such as a headache, tightened chest or digestive issues. Among children and adolescents, depression can be seen as irritability, anger or withdrawal from friends and family. Children with depression may have a hard time communicating their emotions, and they are more likely to blame themselves for their feelings.
If a child is very depressed and has thoughts of suicide, it’s important to seek help immediately. Call 911 or your local emergency number, or text TALK to 741741 to speak with a crisis counselor. Support groups, counseling and other resources for people with depression are available from organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Employee assistance programs and religious groups also can offer help and guidance.
People who have depression should try to stay connected with family and friends. They can also join a support group to talk with others who have depression and learn healthy coping skills. For example, exercise, eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep on a regular basis can help.