Depression - Common Mental Illnesses

15 December 2016 / By SPM Hospital

Depression - Common Mental Illnesses

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses found very often in people now-a-days.  It is a serious mental illness in which feelings of sadness and loss of interest last for weeks and interfere with daily life. Clinical depression is more than just the "blues," being "down in the dumps," or experiencing temporary feelings of sadness we all have from time to time in our lives. It is a serious condition that affects a person's mind and body. It impacts all aspects of everyday life including eating, sleeping, working, relationships, and how a person thinks about himself/herself. People who are clinically depressed cannot simply will themselves to feel better or just "snap out of it." If they do not receive appropriate treatment their symptoms can continue for weeks, months, or years.
Symptoms of Depression
People who are depressed may not experience all of the following symptoms. Some will have many symptoms, others will have just a few. The severity of the symptoms may also be different for every person and even vary over time. If you are experiencing some of these symptoms or if you have questions about whether you may be depressed or not, you should consult with your physician or a qualified mental health professional. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, or has made plans to do so, you should seek the help of a mental health professional or physician immediately. The following symptoms are- 
1. Sadness, anxiety, or "empty" feelings
2. Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
3. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
4. Insomnia, oversleeping, or waking much earlier than usual
5. Loss of weight or appetite, or overeating and weight gain
6. Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
7. Feelings of helplessness, guilt, and worthlessness
8. Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
9. Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering
10. Restlessness, irritability or excessive crying
11. Chronic aches and pains or physical problems that do not respond to treatment

Cure
Effective treatments for each type of depression disorders have been developed through researches. A number of medications that were originally approved for treatment of depression have been found to be effective in mental ailments. Visit your physician and discuss about your mental disorders to start an antidepressant course for you that will help your mental state to be in healthy state and let your ailments start to fade.