What is Depression




Depression also known as dejection is a psychological well-being issue described by determinedly discouraged state of mind or loss of enthusiasm for exercises, causing critical debilitation in day by day life. It very well may be additionally named a state of mind issue. It might be portrayed as sentiments of trouble, misfortune, or outrage that meddle with a man’s ordinary exercises.

Individuals encounter depression in various ways. It might meddle with your day by day work, bringing about lost time and lower efficiency. It additionally can impact connections and some ceaseless wellbeing conditions. Conditions that can deteriorate because of gloom include:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • besity




You need to make yourself realize that pitiful and distressful occasions happen in everybody’s life. Be that as it may, feeling hopeless and miserable on a predictable premise isn’t ordinary. Depression should be treated as a genuine restorative condition. If you do not get it treated it shall worsen with time and can also lead to suicidal tendency as you can read it in one of my previous post on suicide.




There are two main types: Major Depressive Disorder and Persistent Depressive Disorder.

  • MDD is an incapacitating illness that can truly influence your wellbeing and prosperity. On the off chance that you have MDD, you might be not able to appreciate exercises that you once discovered pleasurably, and you may experience serious difficulties:
  • Feeling depressed most of the day
  • Loss of interest in most regular activities
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep
  • Slowed thinking or movement
  • Fatigue or low energy most days
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Loss of concentration or indecisiveness
  • ecurring thoughts of death or suicide

There are different subtypes of Major Depressive Disorder which includes:

  • Atypical features
  • Peripartum onset, during pregnancy or right after giving birth
  • Seasonal patterns
  • Melancholic features
  • Psychotic features
  • Catatonia




Persistent depressive disorder (PDD): This is also known as dysthymia. It’s a gentle, however incessant, type of sorrow. Indications frequently keep going for somewhere around two years. PDD can influence your life more than clinical discouragement since it goes on for a more drawn out period. It’s basic for individuals with PDD to:

  • Lose interest in normal daily activities
  • Feel hopeless
  • Lack of productivity
  • Have low self-esteem

Individuals with PDD might be viewed as basic and unfit to have some good times.




Causes of Depression

There are a few conceivable reasons for depression. Early youth injury can cause gloom. This is on the grounds that a few occasions affect the manner in which the body responds to fear and distressing circumstances. A few people create melancholy in view of their hereditary qualities. You will probably create it in the event that you have a family history of dejection or another temperament issue.

Other basic causes include:

Cerebrum structure: there’s a more serious hazard for discouragement if the frontal flap of your mind is less dynamic

Restorative conditions, for example, a ceaseless sickness, a sleeping disorder, endless torment, or consideration deficiency hyperactivity issue

A background marked by mishandling medications and liquor

Numerous other individuals will have no discernable reason for their melancholy.

Around 30 percent of individuals who have a substance misuse issue additionally encounter wretchedness.Notwithstanding these causes, other hazard factors for depression include:

Low confidence or acting naturally basic

Individual history of dysfunctional behavior

Certain medicines

Unpleasant occasions, for example, loss of a friend or family member, monetary issues, or a separation


How to diagnose depression

There is definitely not a solitary test to analyze depression. In any case, your specialist can make a determination dependent on your manifestations and a mental assessment. Much of the time, your specialist will get some information about your dispositions, hunger, rest design, movement level, and musings.

Since depression can be connected to other medical issues, your specialist may likewise lead a physical examination and request blood work.Here and there thyroid issues or a vitamin D insufficiency can trigger manifestationsof misery.

Try not to overlook indications of depression. On the off chance that your state of mind doesn’t enhance or deteriorates, look for restorative help. Depression is a genuine psychological maladjustment with the dangers of entanglements. This problem affects you as well as your friends and family. Whenever left untreated, complexities include:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Physical pain
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Relationship problems
  • Social isolation
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-mutilation

Treatment for Depression

The pillar of treatment is typically medication, talk treatment or a mix of the two. Progressively, inquire about proposes that these medicines ma standardize mind changes related to depression.

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97 thoughts on “What is Depression”

  1. What a great read. I’ve learned a lot about Depression. It’s great that you’re writing about it. More people need to be educated. Not all people believe in depression.

  2. Depression is such an intense feeling I know. The hardest thing with depression is trying to determine if depression was the only issue or whether it was a state of co-morbidity with other psychological factors affecting the person at the same time. These are good things to look out for in the person suffering from depression.

  3. I so relate to this post. It makes me sad to know that so many people are connected through this problem. Thanks for opening up and letting others feel better about themselves.

  4. wow -this is a VERY helpful post! I think it’s good to know this stuff because not everyone does! I know when I got told I had anxiety I was lacking all the knowledge so anyone needing to learn about depression will gain a lot from your post! Thank you for posting!!!

  5. This info is so helpful. I thought I knew what depression was but after reading this post, I have a much better understanding. I had no clue that it could actually cause other conditions to get worse.

  6. You have some fresh ways to describe and diagnose depression, I like it. Not just the typical lists you find when googling. Also, such an important and widespread epidemic, thank you for spreading awareness!!

  7. This is such a great post. Many people throw that word around so loosely, and it’s somehow lost a bit of truth and severity along the way. I think people should be aware of what depression actually is.

  8. Depression is a serious issue, and I often wonder why people do not take this more seriously. I have family members who suffer from depression and it is a part of mental health. Let’s support those who suffer from this disorder.

  9. Just recently, I know a person who took his own life and was later reported suffering from depression. Nobody knew or “recognized the signs”. It’s a good thing to share awareness such as this, reposted!

  10. From working in the area of disabilities, this is one post that a lot of our counselors should read and get a hold of. It is a serious thing and not something easily understood by many, but we need to have compassion no matter who the person is bc we never know what they are going through.

  11. I’m curious if you’ve tried any of the AI bots that help support mental health. As a former counselor and social worker, I was leery of these bots and whether they’d offer anything substantial. A few surprised me, and one in particular even gave printouts I could share with my medical professional(s) to show my changes throughout my time using the AI app. Thoughts?

    1. While a software chatbot will never replace a human therapist, Woebot makes it possible to inexpensively deliver counseling to millions.
      AI is the new electricity: even with its current limitations, it is already transforming multiple industries. The transformation of mental health care will help millions of people who struggle with their mental health, sometimes through literal life and death decisions. Being an active Practioner I’ll say this AI has more developments to make.

  12. This is so important for everyone to read. There is a difference between a case of the blues and chronic depression, and people need to understand that difference.

  13. Depression can be so hard to get a handle on, last year I suffered from cycles of it all year on and off and it was just a horrible year. My husband was very helpful though and was always asking if there was anything he could do to help, I didn’t know what I needed help with though as I wasn’t even sure why I was depressed to begin with it just hit like a brick.

  14. Depression is and has been for a while the disease of the modern world, which silently sneaks into our lives and refuses to leave. It’s so important to notice the signs of depression from the beginning and seek for help. Unfortunately depression is still a stigma and people are ashamed to go to a councilor because of what other people would think.

  15. This article is so informative. As a young girl, I’ve always struggled with anxiety but it wasn’t until these last couple years that depression became a symptom of my anxiety and if I’m being honest, I was completely clueless on how to handle it or what I was supposed to do!

  16. Great blog, very informative and pure. There are many forms of depression even I didn’t think of, but all forms are serious nonetheless and should be handled with delicacy.

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. I’m at least so glad that we have this illness established, we try to find solutions and we talk about it more openly than ever. I know some countries that still consider depression a “taboo” and it hurts me. Anyways, thank you for the post, very informative!

  18. What a great article to read! I’ve learned more about depression and thanks so much for letting us know all that. I will definitely share this!

  19. This is such an important topic to discuss and to discuss often. Depression should never be taboo and people should be able to freely discuss their depression without fear and stigma.

  20. Depression is really a serious problem and have to be dealt with great care. Really nice and interesting article and you have covered quite a lot of information on Depression.

  21. These is really a serious topic. And i hope if any of you had any of your family who might have this. Help them, they really need it.

  22. The unfortunate thing with the typical understanding of depression it usually leaves out some HUGE reasons people show signs and symptoms of depression even when those people do not have major depressive disorder or PDD. So, whereas dysfunction in the brain may account for some cases of depression and, therefore, are (probably) best helped with things like medication, a lot of people seem to have depression when they really have things like: post-traumatic stress disorder, complex PTSD, situation depression, and other things. Yes, these things upset the chemical balance in the brain and more “negative emotion” chemicals are released and CAN be blocked with meds, but those meds will begin to alter the way the brain works, make the brain reliant on them, block out important physiological reactions to certain things, and will not deal with whatever underlying issue is leading to the depressive symptoms.

    I bring this into the conversation because I have seen far too many people become reliant on anti-depression meds without addressing the symptom-causing situations in their lives (changing the situations or working on acceptance). I am not disputing MDD or PDD, I am adding to the conversation.

  23. This is an informative post especially for those who are wanting to get a better understanding of depression and some of its’ forms. As someone who has cyclothymia, I think bringing awareness to depression is so important.

  24. This is such a great. Some of us know depression but actually, don’t even know what a person suffering from this going through.

  25. I have suffered in Depression 2 years ago. It’s not what people think. We are normal. Thank you for sharing this and give awareness to others what Depression means.

  26. Thank you so much for this post. I think that it is important to know the different types and know the symptoms. It is so important for people who believe they are suffering from depression to get help as early as possible.

  27. This is such an informative list. I think it’s so important to stay educated and informed so that we can be supportive and helpful.

  28. It’s very hard to tell if someone is having a depression so we have to check for the signs and be sensitive. This is very informative.

  29. While I may experience mild seasonal depression, due to lack of sun here in Canada, my son has struggled for years dealing with his mental illness. In the past couple of years, he has made a study of his brain by engaging with psychology, philosophy and even the psychedelic experiments. He is leaps and bounds from where he was just a few short years ago. As it is said in Zen, “Be Master of Mind, not Mastered by Mind.”

  30. Wow, what an in-depth article. Depression a serious topic and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I didn’t know there were different types of disorders that deals with depression.

  31. A well put together informative post. Mental health is easy to disregard, but posts like this help others to understand the importance of seeking care.

  32. I may be surrounded with a lot of positive people in my life, it does not really mean I don’t have to stop and listen to their every emotional and mental need. We all have stories to tell so it’s best for people to hear them out.

  33. I may not suffer from this situation but I know someone who does. It was only disappointing that my work colleagues wouldn’t understand him even our boss, and now he decided to leave the firm.

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