What Is Endogenous Depression?

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Endogenous depression is a mood disorder that some people are born with.  Many doctors believe that this form of depression is inherited and feel that is may even be genetic.  Many people may have the illness without ever knowing it until they are confronted with a stressor that triggers a reaction.  A sufferer can experience an outbreak at any time throughout their lives and even though they are predisposed to have depression it might never be a serious problem.  The level of intensity that people who have endogenous disorder experience varies significantly from mild to severe.
This type of depression is considered to be a biological depression because it is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.  The good news is that it is treatable with medication and therapy.
Endogenous depression is unique in that there may not be a specific event that triggers the depression.  Often times there are specific events that trigger onset, but it can also come out of nowhere.
In most instances of other types of depression onset is the result of a loss that is suffered by the individual such as the death of a loved one or even the death of an ideal or belief.  New mothers often experience Post Partum Depression as the result of a loss of their freedom due to the added responsibility of caring for a child.  But the endogenous disorder is biological in nature so it can appear out of nowhere for no apparent reason.
Symptoms
Typical symptoms include:
? A change in sleeping patterns, such as not getting enough sleep, having restless sleep, or wanting to sleep more than normal
? Poor concentration and inability to focus on things
? Loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable
? Feeling lethargic
? Hopelessness, despair, feelings of worthlessness
? Sadness
? Trouble remembering things
This particular type of depression can be a little bit harder to treat at first due to the fact that often there is no reason why the person should be experiencing depression.  One of the first steps in getting help is to see a health care professional for an evaluation.  Treatments do not always work right away but they will take effect over a period of time.  It is extremely important to be upfront and honest with your health care provider about any symptoms and feelings that you may be experiencing if you think that you have endogenous biological depression so they can offer you the best possible course of treatment.

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4 Comments

  1. Joey
    Posted January 6, 2010 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Hello, my name is Joey and I’m a sophomore in high school. I’m an outgoing guy, I have a lot of friends, and I play baseball for the school. I notice that I feel down sometimes for no reason whatsover. I searched the usual symptoms of depression, and I noticed that I only fell under a couple of the categories. Many of the symptoms don’t apply to me such as being lazy and not being social. I know that what I have is mild but i really really want to get rid of it. So, i have been getting 8 hours of sleep, eating a bit healthier and keeping sodas and other sugary drinks to only a couple times a week. I also run a ton now, almost 1 & 1/2 miles everyday. I also take st. johns wort. My question is, if i keep up this routine, do you think that i could defeat this depression before college?

  2. bob
    Posted February 26, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Have you concidered, since you are still so young, that the occasaional feelings of saddness may just be your hormones. Since when we are young and going though puberty your bodies are all out of wack, sometimes some chemicals (like seritonin- the thing that makes us happy) aren’t produced enough because our bodies are using up so much energy causing our growth. Since you don’t have that many symptoms, this may be the case.
    If it is, exercise and a healthy diet are deffinitely the best ways about counteracting this although a few other things that are knows to help seritonin production are chocolate and singing!
    Other than that, although nobody likes feeling sad, the best thing to do is to just tell youself that its only temporary.
    If you really are worried there is more too these feelings you have, the best thing for you to do would be to have a chat with your doctor, he or she will be able to let you know the best ways to get rid of depression.

    Hope I’ve helped.

  3. Rob
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Hi

    I have today been diagnosed with this illness, never even knowing I had it!

    Just wanted to say that the site is useful so thank you, I now understand a little more.

    God bless

  4. Ross
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi there, I’m Ross, 45 years old and I was diagnosed with endogenous depression 15 years ago. I was teased and bullied a lot all through school and thus left high school when I was in my last year. I’ve never had a large group of friends because I’ve developed such a barricade around myself, to protect from people who will get close and then use anything against me to publicly criticise or damn me to others. As a result of my introverted personality I lost my first wife to divorce, but my second wife understands my issues and knows that I am a good person, am sociable when I want to be and with medication and openly talking about frustrations (which are many) I can lead a good life. Thankyou for your site, it’s beneficial for those of us who find it difficult to speak openly without fear of ridicule.

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