Understanding Depression Mood Swings

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Depression can be a result of many different things and there is no single cause for depression.  Sometimes depression can be hereditary, or can be a result of environmental factors such as stress or illness.  Depression can also come about as the result of taking medication, having a baby, or a poor diet.

Depression is defined as an illness that involves the body and moods and affects the way a person eats, sleeps, and behaves.  Depression affects the way a person reacts to other people and life’s circumstances.  A depressive disorder is not the same as just feeling sad or experiencing a blue mood.  With treatment people who suffer with depression can begin to feel like themselves again and see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

Depressive mood disorders that are classified as a form of depression affect more than 10 million Americans every year.  Experiencing mood changes is perfectly normal and most people have a wide variety of mood swings each day, from grogginess and fuzziness first thing in the morning, to joy over the promotion at work, to frustration about gas prices, to sorrow about a friend’s divorce.  We all experience mood swings.  However when a person has depression mood swings will be much more pronounced and severe and may even develop into bipolar disorder; if left untreated they can cause serious problems.

Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression-related mood swings as men, and much more likely to experience depression in any form than men.  Many women experience changing moods and depression after the birth of a baby.  This is referred to as Post Partum Depression and is a very serious condition that can be highly damaging if left untreated.

Mood swings involve episodes of mania and depression.  When a person has an episode of mania the may experience elevated moods, irritability, less desire for sleep, excessive talking, and racing thoughts.  With depressive episodes a person feels despair, sadness, emptiness, guilt, worthless and useless.

Research has found that depressive mood swings are very treatable and 80%-90% of people who seek out treatment find success.  Unfortunately only 1/3 of people who suffer with mood swings actually seek the help that they so desperately need.  This means that many people are suffering in silence.  This may be due to embarrassment, fear, guilt or just a lack of information.  Over sixty percent of individuals who suffer from this potentially debilitating disorder never find relief.

Depression is actually an umbrella term that encompasses many different forms of this emotional disorder. All of them share certain characteristics, but they affect each sufferer’s life differently. Understanding the different types of depression can help you find the help you need.  Getting treatment is vital to getting better.

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