The Definition of Depression

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The typical definition of depression is a mental disorder that affects an individual socially and physically and affects mood. In order to effectively treat depression in a single patient, doctors must have a firm understanding of the root causes of depression in that particular person. Symptoms of depression differ greatly from one person to the next, as do the causes of the depression. Therefore, treatments vary depending on the philosophy of each medical professional. This is the reason it is extremely important to have a strong understanding of all issues that may be involved with depression.

Most understandings of depression are based on the assumption that all depression symptoms are in fact related to the illness; just as any common physical illness is tested and treated using the same methods, models and protocol that has been in play for several years. Depression is considered a mental illness; however, many medical professionals agree that there are physical and psychological issues that may be causative elements.

The definition of the disorder also takes into consideration the physical aspects that play a possible role; it is difficult to define which came first and which causes which in most cases. One of the common ways of determining if depression is related to an emotional or physical condition is to determine what triggered the onset of an episode. For many, a death in the family, losing a job, disappointments within a family or other tragic events can lead to an inability to function and extreme moodiness.

Some symptoms of depression can be related to hormonal changes, hyperthyroidism and other illnesses and disease. Often, patients who receive the proper medical treatment for their physical condition will generally return to normal without requiring any additional treatment. Others may struggle with relationship and personality problems that will pull them down to a state of depression that ranges from mild to severe.

At times, the symptoms of depression can be so severe that they actually cause physical problems such as pain, headaches, suppressed immune system or digestive problems. In cases of advanced depression, hospitalization or some other form of therapy may be necessary in order to stabilize the patient so they may be treated properly over time.

The best way to treat depression is to recognize and fully understand the disorder. Depression is a serious and dangerous disorder that can lead to a patient bringing harm to themselves or others. It is important that depression be treated under the supervision of a qualified medical professional at the earliest sign of onset.

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3 Comments

  1. David
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    HI Carl excellent website,

    your journey reflects my own passage from mental illness to mental health.

    I used the books Potatoes not Prozac by K Desmaisons and Basant Puri’s book on EPA.
    I work freelance and earn good living supporting my family.
    I was heading for long term incapacity benefit and who knows what.
    Thanks for this work, I now do not have to publish my own book on how to be mentally healthy.
    You are not alone there are others like me and you who have had the same experience regarding health.
    For me it was like waking up form a living nightmare, just to have stable good moods, feel normal again and have a clear quite mind.

    To move on from the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future once more.

    Good luck
    keep this website active it will help someone, somewhere

    David

  2. paul rollinson
    Posted June 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I find reading what you say about depression very helpful i think my wife as depression.as I look at your chart on the symptoms of depression my wife as them all she as just been put on medication called citropam i think this how you spell it i do hope this works cause i don’t want her to have this I am finding it very hard cause she just seems to take everything out on me i wont walk away though cause i love her so much i only want to help her .

    many thanks paul rollinson

  3. Jessica
    Posted August 13, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I met a wise old man once. I was depressed. and the drs medicines made it worse. he said to myself: “Please, organise something joyful for yourself, for the future. later you will smile again. I smiled and we got a Charitable Trust document organised, that he made up, typed and sent to myself, and I smiled.
    Later I talked with some people who were depressed. I asked them to organise something joyful in their future. It was at least, a meeting with a trusted friend or loved one, meet somewhere for a cup of coffee. If that works awhile, try the coffee or tea idea again. Organise a spa, organise a walk in the wilderness, anything innocent, good clean fun, will cheer you up, within limitations. When I’m working on the Trust work, I smile. When I meet good compatible friends, I smile. I went to a friend’s art display, and smiled. The future “events” of a good thing, after they are over, still makes you smile. My wise old friend said it was the drugless therapy that works. It certainly does. Thank you, Ray.

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