Depression is a disorder that affects your way of thinking, mood, sleep and body movements. It may affect your daily life and can also cause pain for both the affected individual and family members. Depression can occur in children, teenagers and adults. It is not just a simple disorder that comes and goes without cause. Depression should be investigated and the cause addressed. No matter how bad you feel, even the most severe cases of depression are highly treatable and curable. Depression is a painful experience that can be reversed.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Below is a list of signs of depression:
- Fatigue or restlessness
- Insomnia , early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
- Aches, cramps, headaches or digestive problems
- Persistent sadness and emptiness
- Feeling of worthlessness, guilt and helplessness
- Difficulty in thinking, focusing and making decisions
- Appetite and weight loss
- Thoughts of committing suicide
- Loss of interest in the things you used to enjoy before like shopping, sex etc.
There are many types of depression
- Major depression
- Persistent depressive disorder
- Psychotic depression
- Postpartum depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
According to studies, 6.7% of adults experienced depression, especially major depressive disorder. Women are 70% more likely to experience depression during their lifetime. A common form of depression in women is postpartum depression which occurs due to hormonal and metabolic changes after giving birth. The average age of onset of depression is 32 years old. In addition, 3.33% of 13-18 years old also experience a serious depressive disorder.
Causes of Depression
Depression may be caused by biological, environmental and psychological factors. Genetics can play a major or minor role in depression. Depression may occur even if you have no family history of this disorder. Often, stress from family problems, bullying, grief, miscarriage, job pressure, and more will result in depression.
Depression is caused by and results from an unhealthy brain. It is important to get evaluated and take measures to improve your brain health through diet, exercise, and other positive habits.
How to Improve Brain Health for Better Resiliency
At MindWhale, we specialize in brain health for emotional wellness. There are supplements and other means of improving brain health to address depression. If you are struggling with depression, contact us for an evaluation.