What is Depression
What is depression?
It’s normal to feel sad, overwhelmed, exhausted, or disinterested from time to time. A depressed person, on the other hand, experiences these negative feelings for a long period, with little or no reprieve. They also suffer other symptoms that can have a major, negative impact on their life, and on the lives of their friends, loved ones, and co-workers, as well.
An estimated one out of every seven people in Australia will suffer from depression at some point in their life. They make up a part of the World Health Organization’s estimate of 350 million people suffering from depression worldwide.
Am I depressed?
There are several different types of depression, including major (clinical) depression, persistent depressive disorder, situational depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Although each type has specific symptoms, there are several that are common to all of them. These include:
- Lack of interest in activities you previously enjoyed
- Increased irritability or frequent anger
- Changes in weight, eating, and/or sleeping habits
- Feeling of constant fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless
If you’ve been experiencing one or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, you’re very likely experiencing some form of depression.
What are the negative effects of depression?
Depression is considered the greatest cause of disability worldwide. Even if your depression is mild, it can still have an effect on your life and on the lives of those around you. Maybe you don’t feel motivated at work or in your relationships. Maybe you don’t have energy to do the things you love to do – or need to do. A depressed person’s physical health will likely suffer, too, due to not eating enough or overeating, or not sleeping enough, and other issues.
What causes depression?
Some scientists believe that certain types of depression can be genetic, that others are due to chemical or hormonal imbalance, or, simply, life events, like the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, getting older, problems at work, children leaving home, just to name a few common examples. Personally, I think that the onset of depression is most often caused, by the distance between where we think we should be, and where we actually are. In these circumstances, there is most certainly something that can be done, and acting quickly with useful intervention, can speed the recovery for depression sufferers.
How to cure depression?
Knowledge, support, lifestyle, commitment to wellness, improved self-esteem, these will all go a long way towards you, or your loved one overcoming the burden of depression, and just as there are many people suffering from depression, there are also many options for treating it. The Transformation Program uses extensive knowledge of various therapeutic methods and unique techniques that will help you understand not just how your condition works, but how YOU work - and self-knowledge is king.
Stop depression from getting the better of you.
Contact Transformational Therapy and speak with Karen personally on 0409777116.