Depression is a severe mental illness that may interfere with a person’s life. It can cause intense and long-lasting feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
Suffering from depression may also cause physical symptoms of pain, changes in appetite, and trouble sleeping.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that nearly ten percent of adults from forty to fifty-nine years old suffered from depression between 2009 and 2012. However, despite the prevalence of depression, it is not always easy to identify it.
The symptoms and causes of depression may vary significantly from one person to another. Gender may also explain why depression affects individuals and how they feel about it.
It may be difficult to describe what depression feels like to someone who has not suffered or experienced it.
One of the most common misconceptions about depression is that it is a lot like feeling sad.
While many people suffering from depression feel unhappy, being depressed is much more intense than experiencing emotional episodes that come and go in response to life events.
Symptoms of depression may continue for months or years and may make it challenging or impossible to get on with daily life. Depression may disrupt careers, relationships, and daily tasks, such as personal care and household chores.
Healthcare providers typically look for symptoms that have lasted at least two weeks as possible signs of depression.
LOSING PLEASURE OR JOY IN LIFE
Individuals suffering from depression may not enjoy the things they used to enjoy doing and may feel that nothing can make them happy.
DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING OR FOCUSING
For those individuals suffering from depression, making any decision, reading, or watching television may seem exhausting because they cannot think clearly or follow what is happening.
A FEELING OF HOPELESSNESS
Depression can make an individual feel hopeless, and there is no way to feel better or OK again.
AN ABSENCE OF SELF-ESTEEM
Individuals suffering from depression may feel worthless or fail at everything they do. As a result, they may obsess about bad experiences, unfavorable events, or situations and cannot see positive qualities in themselves.
DIFFICULTY FALLING ASLEEP
Falling asleep or remaining asleep throughout the night may seem almost impossible for some people suffering from depression. An individual may wake up early and not be able to get back to sleep. Others may sleep excessively but wake up exhausted or drowsy despite the extra hours.
LOW OR NO ENERGY LEVELS
Some individuals feel exhausted all day or cannot get out of bed, even after getting enough sleep. They may have the feeling that they are too tired to do simple everyday tasks.
FOOD DOES NOT SEEM APPETIZING
Some people suffering from depression feel they do not have a craving to eat any food and have to force themselves to eat. This situation may result in weight loss.
USING FOOD AS A COMFORT OR COPING MECHANISM
While some people suffering from depression do not want to eat, others may overeat and crave unhealthy or comforting food. Unfortunately, this combination usually results in gaining weight.
SOMETIMES EXPERIENCING ACHES AND PAIN
Some individuals experience body aches, nausea, headaches, and other types of pain when suffering from depression.
Some people mistakenly believe that being depressed is something you choose or that it can just go away by having a positive attitude.
Sometimes friends and relatives get frustrated or do not understand why some individuals suffering from depression can’t “snap out of it.” They may even think there is no reason for the sufferers to be depressed.
Depression is an actual mental illness. People with depression can’t simply decide to stop suffering or feeling that way. Unlike typical sadness, unhappiness, or worry, depression feels overwhelming and hopeless.
Individuals experiencing symptoms of depression should seek medical help. Depression can worsen without treatment and affect the sufferer’s quality of life.
People should take any suicidal thoughts or comments about not wanting to live any more seriously. If you or someone you care about is going through a crisis, seek medical help.
Long Island Neurocare Therapy utilizes NeuroStar TMS Therapy technology to achieve remission for our patients not responding to pharmaceutical depression treatments. TMS Therapy may be the answer if you or someone you care about is still suffering from clinical depression after multiple treatment attempts.
Treatment with TMS proves to be a great promise to the possibility of achieving remission in addition to a whole and complete life after its procedure.
At Long Island Neurocare Therapy, your health and well-being are essential to our success. Contact us today. We are here for you.