Depression or Bad Mood

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What is Depression?

Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Fortunately depression is treatable to large extent. If you take careful measures this is also preventable.

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression can be just feeling bad about something or some issue or it can be also a serious issue that can drive dangerous events. So it is important to find out it is just a bad mood or you suffer from depression. This is fortunately treatable in majority cases. With treatment patient definitely gets some relief. You should meet a psychiatrist if you experience the above symptoms.

What are the Risk Factors For Depression?

  • Genetics: Depression can run in families.
  • Personality: People with low self-esteem.
  • Environmental factors: Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse or poverty may make some people more vulnerable to depression.
  • Major life changes, trauma, or stress
  • Certain physical illnesses and medications

How to prevent depression?

  • Regular exercise
  • Good sleep
  • Take medicines
  • Avoid stressful situations or try reducing stress
  • Social relationships
  • meditation.
  • Learn to let things go that you can’t control.

Social Media and Depression?

Increased social media usage can cause or contribute to depression.
Limiting social media time can help prevent depression. Social media usage may induce low self esteem in some individuals which is a risk factor for depression.

Body weight and Depression?

Obesity can result in low self-esteem which can be a trigger for depression. There is a correlation between obesity and depression. A survey found that 43 percent of adults with depression were obese.

What are the treatments for depression?

The mainstay of treatment is usually medication, talk therapy or a combination of the two. Increasingly, research suggests that these treatments may normalize brain changes associated with depression.