Many people are under the impression that depression is another term for feeling sad. But in reality depression is much more than just ‘feeling sad’ Feeling sad is a common phenomena, especially when facing difficult situations or facing loss. Some of us suffer even when it is a cloudy day.
But for most people, this dark feeling is intense and overwhelming. It makes you feel down and helpless and all these can last for weeks, months or more. This intense, long-lasting sadness is often described by people as frustration.
Depression is characterised by feelings of helplessness and often uselessness, accompanied by physical and psychological symptoms. Depression can best be described as the misery that takes over your life and affects your daily activities, you cannot function normally.
Feeling sad, on the other hand, is a state of mind in which you find yourself responding to situations — but unlike depression, your state of mind recovers over time. Grief or grief over a life event can last for days or weeks, but this type of sadness usually does not lead to the dark feeling of major depression.
Feeling sad means you can still enjoy the activities you enjoy. Depression, on the other hand, is all-consuming grief that moves happiness from life and immerses the day in negative thoughts.
It is a mood disorder that is affecting females more than males. If left untreated, depression can grow rapidly in all parts of your life — work, school, and home — and affect relationships, health, and education and event results in mental health disorders. Have you seen Infographic WHS and Training Compliance Solutions Australian Mental Health Illness Statistical? In Australia, 1 million Australians aged between sixteen to eighty-five experience depression in any one year.
Why does it occur?
It is often caused by a mixture of – biological, psychological and/or genetic factors. It occurs when there is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Environmental factors also have a big impact on whether someone is at risk for depressive disorder.
A period of depression can occur after a traumatic event or a change in circumstances in one’s life. It can also be caused by changes in the brain or by drug or alcohol addiction. During childbirth, depression can be caused by a change in the cycle or by seasonal changes in the environment.
Who can develop depression?
Anyone can feel and realise increase frustration at any time in their life. It may be due to changes in life events or changes in the body.
There is no way to determine if your feelings are temporary or if you will be depressed for a long time. For this reason, it is important to recognise symptoms of depression so that you can get help when you need it.
Depression can occur with adolescences even though it is more common in adults. As a parent or guardian, knowing the symptoms of depression can help a child get the help they need to deal with their feelings appropriately.
There are many types of depression
Depression comes in many forms and it affects people of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Knowing about certain types of depression can be helpful in understanding whether events or situations have occurred that you and you need to reach out for help.
There are many common types of depression.
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Manic Depression
- Depressive psychosis
- Perinatal depression
- Postpartum depression
- Abnormal depression
Symptoms of depression decrease when positive events occur in one’s life but return when less than positive events occur.
Symptoms of depression appear after specific, recognisable, and life-changing experiences such as the loss of a loved one, job loss, or illness.
Experts warn that the term “situational depression” can be misleading. Whether depression is the result of a chemical imbalance or an external factor, symptoms do not resolve even when the condition occurs.
If your mood is adversely affected, treatment may be necessary, either for a specific event or for no apparent reason. One never knows when this feeling of altered mood or progressive sadness turns into depression.
What can you do to help someone who is experiencing depression?
We need to start the conversation around mental health. Provide initial support as we do with the physical first aid. Have you seen our mental health first aid training Australia?
Do you know What are the signs of depression? (You can read our blog on signs, causes of depression).
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