Depression has been described as feelings of disappointment, helplessness, sadness, hopelessness etc. These feelings are generally caused by forms of loss. Types of loss include a loss of a family member, loss of finances, loss of health, loss of relationship etc. They also may be a result of chemical imbalances in the body/brain or loneliness. Often times lacking exercise or not eating healthy foods can result in depression. Fighting these feelings can be very difficult and often requires professional help. Millions of people are looking for ways they can combat these feelings, and are looking at all of the wrong places. These feelings may last a few days or several years for some.
Clinically depression is defined as having at least 5 of the below symptoms:
– Depressed mood most of the day or nearly every day.
– Loss of interest or pleasure in most activities.
– Significant weight loss or gain.
– Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep enough every day.
– Slowed thinking or movement that others can see.
– Fatigue or low energy nearly every day.
– Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt.
– Loss of concentration or indecisiveness.
– Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression can occur in children, teens, and adults – male and female.