Depression is not a dip

Everyone feels down sometimes, but it is important to distinguish between temporary depression and depression. Depression is a real illness, one that needs to be treated. Depression can be accompanied by many complications, the most tragic of which is suicide. “I don’t like it anymore”, “my life is a mess”, these are phrases that you often hear, but their meaning should not be minimized. Behind the comments may be a serious health problem, one of the biggest problems both in severity and incidence, namely depression. About one in three people will experience depression at some point, a disease that can lead to suicide. According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), depression could become number two on the list of the most common diseases worldwide by 2020.

One in three people will sooner or later suffer from depression

Depression can happen to anyone at any age and in any social and economic class. However, the symptoms of depression may differ depending on age. Young people sometimes hide their sadness by running away, by showing dangerous behavior or by smoking and/or drinking. Adults can isolate themselves and attempt to hide their depressive complaints behind other complaints. Depression is often seen as a problem that occurs almost exclusively in women. Depression is twice as common in women than in men before the age of 55, but that certainly does not mean that depression is a women’s disease. The fact is that women talk about sadness more easily than men and that women go to the doctor more easily than men. They usually do not talk, but isolate themselves. It is not uncommon for men who are depressed to exhibit destructive behavior: they drink too much, become aggressive, etc. It is also true that suicide occurs three times more often in depressed men than in depressed women. Women do attempt suicide more often, but they also ask for help more often.

What makes someone depressed?

There are many causes that can lead to depression:

  • hereditary factors,
  • nervous system disorders,
  • traumatic experiences in the recent or distant past,
  • an anxious or perfectionist personality,
  • stress at work or in private life (death, illness, divorce, etc.)
  • addiction, …

The more factors, the greater the risk of depression. Moreover, the risk of relapse after depression is considerable, even if there are no triggering factors.

Depressed or depressed?

One may be down or depressed for a few days, but depression lasts for at least two weeks. This depression is accompanied by the following symptoms :

  • a lack of zest for life, even to the extent that a desire for death occurs,
  • fatigue,
  • irritability,
  • deep pessimism,
  • sleep disorders,
  • appetite disorders, decreasing or increasing body weight,
  • concentration and memory disorders, …

 

Danger to life due to depression

Depression can have dramatic consequences. Someone who is depressed can quickly end up in a vicious circle. He feels bad, day in and day out, which causes even more problems to arise, problems with the partner, with the family, at work, etc. Someone with depression may perform worse at work and be fired. As a result, he isolates himself even more, has less self-confidence and less trust in others who also lose confidence in him. Financial problems can also arise. In addition, depression can be accompanied by secondary conditions such as stomach ulcers, cardiovascular diseases, skin diseases and so on… After all, the risk of suicide is thirty times greater in someone who has depression. 80% of patients with depression have suicidal thoughts and just as many cases of suicide are caused by depression.

What can one do about depression?

In case of persistent melancholy (depression), one should not continue to hide the state of mind. On the contrary. One should talk about it, for example with a loved one, but preferably also with the GP. He is the ideal person to listen to you and help you treat your depression. For example, he may or may not refer you to another care provider. The earlier depression is treated, the greater the chance of successful treatment. Today, depression is often treated by a combination of medicines and psychotherapy (pills and talking). This combination appears to be more effective than either treatment alone.
The psychotherapeutic follow-up of someone with depression consists of regular consultations for the patient and sometimes also for his or her loved ones. When choosing a therapist, it is best to follow the advice of your treating physician. If you do not do this, you must choose someone with suitable training. The title of ‘psychotherapist’ is still not legally protected. The term can be used for psychologists and psychiatrists, but also for anyone who hangs a sign on their door. Antidepressants aim to correct the physiological disturbances of depression that are responsible for some of the symptoms of depression. A few months after the symptoms of depression have ceased, the treatment should be progressively reduced. This is not allowed on your own initiative, it is very important that you seek the doctor’s advice and follow it correctly.

Is my loved one depressed?

Half of people with depression seek professional help, but the other half do not and usually conceal the problem of depression from their loved ones and those around them. They are afraid of the reactions, of forced hospitalization or they wrongly think that they can recover on their own. In the event of a death, a divorce or difficulties at work, you should be vigilant and consider the possibility of depression when someone does not show up for work, isolates themselves, behaves aggressively, expresses complaints, etc. A depression that is
camouflaged , often has to do with the difficulties a person has in admitting that he no longer has a zest for life, both to himself and to others. He then looks for other ways to express his suffering due to the depression.
The most common complaints of hidden depression are symptoms of depression (appetite disorders , insomnia, fatigue, depression, etc.), but also diffuse pain, headache, digestive disorders, dizziness, reduced libido, etc. The complaints of depression have one thing. common and that is the absence of a precise cause, even after a number of medical examinations. And all this while the patient starts to feel worse and worse.

How can I help people with depression?

Many people think that they have to wake up someone with depression and point out their responsibility. It’s better not to do that. Someone who is depressed does not choose to be ill and moreover he feels quite bad and guilty. You don’t have to take everything, but you can stimulate a person with depression in a non-aggressive way. You can emphasize the person’s strengths instead of highlighting their faults. The most important thing is that you are there for someone in need and that there is a dialogue. You can also encourage a person with depression to see their doctor. If he hints at suicide due to depression, you should take it seriously. Your support can help the person.
You need to know that you are not to blame for someone else’s depression and that you should not let yourself be dragged along. my view on

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