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Mental Depression is a State of Sadness,

Mental Depression is a State of Sadness,

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Mental depression is a state of sadness, decreased initiative, and introversion. It isordinarily a reaction to a sense of loss; as such, it may be a normal response to a real persontragedy, such as the death of a loved one. There are 4 types of mental depression: majodepression, dysthymia, adjustment disorder with depressed mood, and bipolar disorder. Major depression is probably one of the most common forms of depression and it’s the more severe butshort-lasting type of depression. In contrast of major depression, the dysthymia is the longer-lasting but less severe form of depression. A third form of depression may diagnose is calledadjustment disorder with depressed mood. It refers to a depressive reaction to a specific lifeevent (such as a death, divorce, or other loss), when adjusting to the loss takes longer than thenormally expected timeframe or is more severe than expected and interferes with the person'sdaily activities. The last type of depression is the bipolar disorder. The bipolar disorder is another depressive condition that involves periods of major depression mixed with periods of mania, aterm for abnormally high mood and extreme bursts of unusual activity or energy. These types of depression may occur in 10% to 20% of the world’s population in the course of a lifetime.Relatives of patients with mental depression also seem to be at some higher risk of becomingdepressed and about 2% of the population may have a chronic disorder, a depression that lastsfor at least 2 years, known as a depressive personality. Speaking of gender, women are moreoften affected than men, by a two to one ratio. One of the most common periods where theyseem to be at a particular risk is in the period prior to menstruation or following childbirth. (Newand others 2007)You may know if a person is depressed if he shows at least four of the symptoms for twoweeks. If he has poor appetite and significant weight loss or increased appetite and significantweight gain, insomnia or increased sleep, agitation or retardation of movement and thought, lossof interest or pleasure in usual activities or decrease in sexual drive, fatigue and loss of energy,
feelings of worthless or excessive or inappropriate guilt, diminish ability to think or concentrateor indecisiveness, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts, and a feeling that hecan’t explain and made him lonely and cry, then a person may be considered to have experienceda mental depression. (Grigg 2006)Mental depression has no single cause; often, it results from a combination of things. Youmay have no idea why depression has struck you. Some of the more common factors involved indepression are trauma and stress, family history, pessimistic personality, physical conditions andother psychological disorders. People can get stressed for thinking of so many things likefinancial problems, breakup of a relationship, or the death of a loved one. You can becomedepressed after changes in your life, like starting a new job, graduating from school, or gettingmarried. Genetics play an important part of depression because it can run in families for generations and there’s a possibility that depression can’t be stop. Having a low self-esteem anda negative outlook of your life may also lead to depression at a higher risk. Diseases cancontribute to depression, especially when the person is experiencing physical weakness andstress. In some cases, medications used to treat medical conditions may cause depression. Thereare many factors that cause depression like anxiety disorders; eating disorders, schizophrenia,and (especially) substance abuse often appear along with depression. But if you know whatyou’re going through then you may be able to avoid depression. (Glavo and others 2001)Mental depression may lead depressed individuals to be slow and less productive, to beindecisive and uncertain, and to make more mistakes during their work. At home they will lack interest in their family and will be unable to enjoy their company and shared activities, and to participate in family life. They will be unable to demonstrate affection for loved ones anduninterested in love-making. They will tend to avoid friends and social gatherings, and be unableto derive satisfaction from hobbies and leisure interests. Individuals suffering from a mild form
of illness would be distressed by their symptoms but able to continue activities in all areas of lifealbeit with greater efforts. With increasing symptoms, performance of social, work and domesticactivities becomes possible only with significantly greater effort until activity beyond the shortterm keeping of body and soul together becomes quite impossible. This may lead them to suicideand they will not only hurt their selves but also their family and friends. (Skapinakis 2008)Suicide is an act of intentionally taking owns life. Suicide may have psychologicalorigins such as the difficulty of coping with depression or other mental disorders it may bemotivated by the desire to test the affection of loved ones or to punish their lack of support withthe burden guilt. Suicide is generally accepted that most suicides occur among persons withdemonstrable mental-health problems, most often depression. One of the symptoms of depression is recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts. Preventing depressionmay also lead to preventing suicide or preventing yourself to take your own life. Suicide can be prevented through mental-health services and therapists, different types of services and if unbearable psychological pain, from which the person desires to escape, is reduced to tolerablelevels. If suicide can be prevented, then a mentally depressed person is starting to treat himself to be able to be the person who he is before experiencing depression. (Wolff 2006)Mental depression involves the brain's delicate chemistry — specifically, it involveschemicals called neurotransmitters
These chemicals help send messages between nerve cells inthe brain. Certain neurotransmitters regulate mood, and if they run low, people can becomedepressed, anxious, and stressed. Stress also can affect the balance of neurotransmitters and leadto depression. Sometimes, a person may experience depression without being able to point to any particular sad or stressful event. People who have a genetic predisposition to depression may bemore prone to the imbalance of neurotransmitter activity that is part of depression. Medications

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