Archives for 

health problem

Causes of Depression

Anxiety can also bring on depression.

For some people, the depression can become quite serious while it for others has a reasonable cause and passes without seeking treatment. But because we are all unique, the causes of depression are widely varied. What depresses some may not adversely affect someone else.

Melanchony and DepressionWhile each person is unique, we all suffer from depression from time to time.
There are numerous treatments available for depression, and these treatments will most likely help you. However, the surest treatment for depression is finding the cause and dealing with that underlying problem. Finding the problem, however, may not be easy for some.

Many things in life that will naturally cause depression. For example, grief is a form of depression, and it is perfectly normal. However, if the symptoms of depression — even in times of grief — start interfering with your life, a problem may exist. Typically with grief, the feeling of loss and sadness may continue for an extended period of time. However, those feelings should not interfere with your day-to-day life.

Financial problems may also cause depression, as well as marital problems. However, not all depression is caused by life events. Sometimes depression has a physical underlying problem. This may be an illness or another health problem, but it could also be a chemical imbalance that can easily be corrected with medication.

Also note the risk factors associated with depression. These include a family history of depression, a serious life event, stress, abuse, or death or illness of a loved one.

Again, the causes of depression are numerous and varied, but seeking treatment and finding the cause is half the battle. Sometimes, it is the entire war because once the problem is identified; it can be more easily dealt with.

– Kurt Pedersen

Helpful resource: The Easy Calm Video Coaching Series

(The Leading Anxiety and Panic Attack Coaching Series in Downloadable Video Format)

Diagnosing Depression

Often the cause of depression is easily discovered.

Diagnosing depression is easy in some cases, and extremely difficult in others. If you find that you have been suffering from the symptoms of depression for more than two weeks, it is vital that you visit your doctor to find out what the problem is. Only a doctor can determine whether or not clinical depression exists, and whether or not treatment is required.

Depression - One Lonely ManYou should start with your medical doctor. He or she will perform a physical exam to see if there is a health problem that could be causing your depressed feeling. He will not only inquire about your physical state, but also he may also ask about medications that you are taking, your consumption of caffeine, your consumption of nicotine, your consumption of alcohol, and your consumption of illegal drugs. He or she may perform a blood test as there are certain viruses and other illnesses that can cause one to experience symptoms of depression, as well.

Once the physical exam is complete, your doctor may or may not refer you to a counselor for further diagnostic testing. They may also prescribe you an antidepressant; however, this is usually just for the short term, to see if the problem causing the depression passes. If the depression continues, however, the doctor will need to refer you for counseling.

The cause of depression is often easily discovered. If it isn’t a health problem, there may be something going on in your life that causes the depression. For this reason, your doctor and/or counselor may ask personal questions concerning your life or lifestyle. It is vital that you are totally honest with your health care professionals so that they can accurately diagnose and treat the problem. For this reason, it is noteworthy that you talk with your doctor alone. Have family members wait at home or in the waiting room.

Also read; Anxiety and Depression

Clinical Depression vs. Situational Depression

Clinical depression is a serious health problem that warrants immediate professional intervention.

Depression is one of the world’s most frequently encountered maladies, and recent United Nations World Health Organization research indicates that the problem will continue to increase and will soon be the second most dangerous global medical problem, following only heart disease.

Not allbipolar banner depression is the same, however. A passing sense of sadness is normal for all of us. Depression exists when normal emotions are experienced without sufficient motivation, or if that sadness remain after it should have passed. Clinical depression is the most severe form of the problem. Others suffer from situational depression or chronic low-grade depression (dysthymia). All incidences of depression deserve careful attention, but those experiencing clinical depression should seek treatment immediately from a qualified physician.

Situational depression is fetched from some specific event in life, and normally it will dissipate within a few weeks. Although it may share many of the same features of clinical depression such as agitation, nervousness, changes in appetite or sleeping habits, it is not as severe or long-lasting.

One may be experiencing clinical depression when their “down mood” lasts for over two weeks. Those suffering from the illness are virtually unable to enjoy any part of their life. Suicidal ideation and a sense of complete hopelessness are common.

Clinical instances of depression do not necessarily require any specific trigger. However, events in a person’s life can precipitate the onset of the condition. This indicates that episodes of depression which can seemingly be easily linked to a specific happening, should not be automatically presumed to be situational in nature.

Whereas, situational depression may disappear as the sufferer finds ways to cope with the problem`s triggers. Clinically depressed individuals require professional assistance to deal with the condition. Frequently, antidepressant medications and/or therapeutic solutions are prescribed for the treatment of clinical depression. Those who fail to seek out help for their depression may experience an escalation in the severity of symptoms. This will certainly undermine one`s quality of life, and that can even be fatal.

All forms of depression adversely impact the quality of life for sufferers and should be taken seriously. However, clinical episodes of depression are of such tremendous potential severity that one must take action to stave off a worsening of the situation.

If you or someone you know is experiencing common symptoms associated with depression and has been in that rut for more than a few weeks, medical intervention should be immediately sought. The age-old stigma regarding mental illness in our society should not be an excuse to avoid seeking treatment. Not only are those biases beginning to disappear as the extent of the depression epidemic becomes more widely known, the stakes are simply too high to justify such behavior.

The condition can be successfully treated. Thousands of people recover from illness and go on to live happy, well-adjusted lives, after dealing with clinical depression.

This might be a helpful resource for someone: When Going Through Hell… Don’t Stop! A Survivor’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety and Clinical Depression

clinical depression

Description:

In this groundbreaking book, self-help author Douglas Bloch shares his struggle with and ultimate recovery from a life-threatening depressive illness. Although the managed care mental health system failed to provide him with adequate treatment, Mr. Bloch devised a daily survival plan for living in hell which he adopted until the power of spirit, acting through a group of committed, loving people, brought about his recovery.

In addition to his compelling story, Mr. Bloch outlines a fourteen point brain maintenance program holistic approach to the treatment of anxiety and depression that includes: diet; nutrition; exercise; stress-reduction; medication; vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements; and the importance of creating strong bonds of social support (social isolation is both a cause and consequence of depression).

The book also includes a comprehensive 130 page self-help section on treating depression, including a 10 page listing of Internet sites for on-line healing assistance.

Moreover, the narrative is complemented by paintings from history’s great artists that visually depict the various states of mind that the author experienced. In receiving words and images that stimulate both sides of the brain, the reader is given a complete picture of the journey from depression to recovery.