What is depression?
Depression is classified as a mood disorder that is often described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s daily activities.
Nearly 8% of Americans experience depression at any given 2 weeks. How people experience and cope with their depression may vary.
Symptoms of depression may vary depending on the severity, although there are some standard symptoms to be aware of. These range from irritability, sleep issues, and having no energy. When these symptoms last for more than 2 weeks, then it may be time to consult with a health expert.
Some common symptoms include:
- trouble focusing or concentrating
- loss of interest in pleasurable or fun activities
- sleep issues (too much or too little)
- no energy
- craving unhealthy foods
- trouble thinking clearly or making decisions
- poor performance at work or school
- dropping out of activities
- suicidal thoughts or tendencies
- pain, like headaches or muscle aches
- drug or alcohol abuse
Depression not only affects your thought and feelings, but it can also impact how you act, what you say, and your relationships with others.
The medical community does not fully understand the causes of depression. There are many possible causes, and sometimes, various factors combine to trigger symptoms. Causes range from biological to circumstantial, some common causes include:
- Family History
- Early Childhood Trauma
- Brain Structure
- Medical Conditions
- Drug Use
Living with depression symptoms can be difficult. When the symptoms arise, we may look for ways to manage them. When depression becomes severe, it is common to use a combination of treatments like medical and lifestyle therapies and natural coping tools. Some treatments include:
- Light Therapy
- Creating healthy habits
At Orchid Health, our Behavioral Health Consultants help teach various tools and coping strategies to help manage depression symptoms.