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Depression

Depression

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SUMMARY
Depression Test
Depression is one of the most prevalent and serious mental illnesses in the world today. Approximatelyone in four women and one in eight men experience at least one bout of depression in their lifetime.Depression is a biological illness, one that often has a devastating impact on behavior, thoughts and feelings.Although depression can be triggered or worsened by specific events or problems as well as depressivethought patterns and personality traits, medical research has shown that it occurs as a result of a chemicalimbalance in the brain. Almost every one of us has, at one point or another, experienced feelings of unhappiness, "a blue mood" that could be associated with a disruptive life event - but true depression entails apervasive feeling of sadness that impairs our general functioning and lasts for more than two weeks.This test assesses whether the diagnostic criteria for major depression is met, and evaluates depressivethought patterns.
OVERALL RESULTS = 63%
You responded in a way that indicates moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Your results will tellyou whether you meet the criteria for a depressive illness diagnosis. In any case, it is strongly recommendedthat you see your physician as soon as you can. Depression is treatable and the success rate is very high. Youmay feel now that every day is a struggle, but things WILL get better. After some time, facing another day willbecome easier and gradually, you will find joy again. Please, see a doctor; you really do not need to suffer thisway. Remember, depression is a medical problem and it is not ''just in your head”. It is not something you did,you are not being punished, and it is not your fault. You don't deserve to suffer, no matter how badly you feelabout yourself right now. There is help, so please, go and get it.
INTRODUCTION
Depression is one of the most prevalent and serious mental illnesses in the world today. Approximately one infour women and one in eight men experience at least one bout of depression in their lifetime. Depression is a
Many of the people who suffer from depression also suffer fromanxiety (and vice versa).
 
biological illness, one that often has a devastating impact on behavior, thoughts and feelings. Althoughdepression can be triggered or worsened by specific events or problems, as well as depressive thoughtpatterns and personality traits, medical research has shown that it occurs as a result of a chemical imbalancein the brain. Almost every one of us has, at one point or another, experienced feelings of unhappiness, "a bluemood", that could be associated with a disruptive life event - but true depression entails a pervasive feeling of sadness that impairs our general functioning and lasts for more than two weeks.
Some of the more common symptoms of depression are:
• Changes in sleep habits such as insomnia, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much.• Changes in eating habits such as loss of appetite or weight gain.• Decreased energy, feeling of fatigue.• Restlessness and irritability.• Difficulty in concentration, remembering; difficulty in making decisions.• Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, guilt or worthlessness.• Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings.• Loss of interest in pleasurable activities, such as involvement with loved ones or hobbies.• Thoughts of death or suicide.
Causes and Treatment of Depression
The neurotransmitters (naturally occurring chemical messengers that carry electrical signals in our brain) serotonin and norepinephrine play a significant role in maintaining our mood. When theseneurotransmitters are in low levels, the symptoms of depression, as listed above, become clinically evident.While depression can be considered a biological illness, there is little doubt that certain personalitytraits, attitudes and ways of thinking about the world can contribute greatly to the development andmaintenance of depressive symptoms. This test not only assessed levels of depressive symptoms, but alsoevaluated various other traits to identify whether a depressive cognitive style, personality, or attitudes are alsoat work. The personality traits measured included Maladaptive Perfectionism and Rumination. The cognitivevariables measured the tendency to attribute failures and setbacks to internal, stable factors, as well as lookingfor a tendency to attend to disheartening stimuli in the environment. Finally, the attitudinal measures assessedconcern about what other people think, as well as the tendency to over-dramatize negative events.Depression can be treated, depending on the severity of the individual case, using a combination of medicationand therapy. Over the years, a wide range of antidepressant medications has become available. The oldestones are the series of tricyclic antidepressants and the newer ones consist of the SSRIs, Prozac, Paxil andmany others. Antidepressant medicines are non-addictive and safe if used as prescribed. Studies have shownthat 76% of patients with Major Depressive Disorder recover using antidepressants compared to only 18% on a
 
placebo. They help restore the balance of the neurotransmitters in the brain and thereby relieve or lessen thesymptoms of depression.Unfortunately, the diagnosis of depression is often delayed, as well-meaning friends and family tell thedepressed individual to "just snap out of the mood". Many people still carry the misconception that depressionis a character flaw, a problem that happens because the individual is weak. While seeking therapy and the useof anti-depressants is much more acceptable than it was a mere 10 years ago, sufferers still battle a societalstigma that is not easy to shake. The most unfortunate result of this stigma is a hesitation to seek medicaltreatment. With proper treatment, in fact, the feelings of despair, hopelessness, and helplessness can bealleviated so sufferers can go on to live rich and fulfilling lives. Their chemical imbalances can be addressedand they can learn ways to combat the negative thinking patterns associated with depression. The first step isdiagnosing the problem.
GRAPHS
Overall results = 63%
Depressive
 
Symptoms
63%Depressed Mood 80%Loss of Interest 55%Change in Appetite or Weight 25%Sleep Disturbance 100%Psychomotor Symptoms 74%Loss of Energy 65%Guilt and Shame 72%Concentration Problems 65%Thoughts of Death or Suicide 15%
Depressive
 
Mindset
55%Maladaptive Perfectionism 56%Rumination 55%Cognitive Variables 65%Internal Attribution of Failure 62%Attentional Bias 54%Catastrophic Thinking Patterns 43%Worry about Judgment of Others 59%Rigid Mindset 45%

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