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What Is Depression, and How Do You Recognize It?

Updated on May 31, 2019

Why do I feel so down?

  1. What is depression : The definition of depression is feelings of severe despondency and dejection. It comes down to a lot more than this. Depression iso a common treatable mental illness, often coupled with feelings of anxiety.
  2. What are the symptoms of depression?
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, low energy, and hopelessness.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and hopelessness.
  • Loss of interest in normal life activities such as work, hobbies, or spending time with friends and family
  • Feelings of anxiety.
  • Difficulty sleeping, or staying asleep .
  • Unexplainable aches and pains such as headache, back pain, digestive problems.
  • Irritability and anger

This is not an exhaustive list by these are the most prevalent signs. When symptoms persist for over 2 weeks it is considered clinical depression. Many times a person doesn't even know they are depressed, they've forgotten what it feels like to be happy.

Different types of depression :

  • Major Depression : Having symptoms of depression most of the day nearly every day for more than 2 weeks. It interferes with your ability to go about normal life at work and at home, even disrupts your eating.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder: Symptoms of depression continue for over 2 years. You may go in and out of major depressions during this period.
  • Perinatal Depression : Depressive episodes during or after pregnancy
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: Comes in late fall or early winter, going away during spring and summer.

What causes Depression

  • Depression is caused by a mix of genetics, environmental and psychological factors.
  • Women have depression more often then men.
  • Men when depressed are likely to be irritable and angry. Men are much less likely to seek help for depression.
  • Younger children with depression may fake sick to get out of school, cling to a parent worrying they might die.

Potential triggers of a depressive episode are death of a loved one, divorce, traumatic events,hormone changes and addictive behaviors.


  • The NIMH says that treatment for depression involves medication and possibly psychotherapy.
  • There is also the option of brain stimulation therapy.
  • If a person starts taking depression medicines they must be closely watched for the first few weeks. It may have the opposite effect and make the patient's symptoms worse.
  • If you know someone who is depressed the best thing you can do is fully support them. Love and kindness goes a long way. You should never ignore comments about suicide and immediately try to get them to talk to their doctor.

Cognitive Behavioral therapy

On my last note I want to mention CBT. CBT is one of the latest treatments for depression and it's having a lot of success. I go into more details in other articles about it and I plan on writing more in depth about CBT and REBT therapy.


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