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DEPRESSION AND ITS SYMPTOMS

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Depression is one of the leading causes of suicides in the world. It is a mental and sometimes physical ailment which impacts your daily functioning, relationships, work, education, and every other aspect of life. People generally misunderstand depression as sadness; it must be acknowledged that depression is not a feeling that hits you once in a blue moon. It is a persistent and prolonged period of sadness that hampers the individual’s normal functioning and eventually leads to bigger symptoms. Depression is a highly used terminology in psychology. Contrary to popular belief, it can be treated with drugs and therapy.
 
It is believed that women are more prone to depression as compared to men. This is debatable as these statistical values are based on reported numbers. Women are more expressive due to increased self-awareness as compared to men. Another reason is that patriarchy always dictates that men should not be vocal about their emotions and feelings. Therefore, men don’t come out in the open to speak about this sufferance.

It should also be noted that men are more prone to suicide attempts and this puts more weight into the previous statement. Therefore, patriarchy must be fought against so that men can be open about their feelings as well. This will potentially lower the suicide rates among men.

But the question is; how would a person know if he or she is suffering from depression? Well, here is a list of symptoms that are experienced by the individuals suffering from chronic depression.
 

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

Before going any further, it must be understood that everyone experiences different symptoms while undergoing depression as the intensity and frequency vary. However, below are the most commonly reported symptoms of depression.
 
  • Constant feeling of emptiness, sadness, and anxiousness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and helplessness
  • Being over pessimistic about life and future
  • Loss of interest from hobbies, and activities which you previously used to enjoy
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Massive weight gain or weight loss
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Irritability, frustration, nervousness, or restlessness
  • Difficulty in concentrating, maintaining focus, or ability to think and respond
  • Thoughts of death, suicidal tendencies, or attempts
  • Chronic pain, headache, digestive disorders
There are various possibilities which suggest the cause of depression. Usually, when a child is depressed, he or she will be irritable and cranky. They will throw tantrums and would rather become attention seekers. Men, although stereotypical, usually tend to get quiet and isolate themselves, whereas the older generation tends to become more irritable and moody. Students going through depression find it hard to concentrate on their studies and start failing classes. Due to this reason, they start reaching out to an assignment service that could help them write assignments.

People must know that there are different types of depressions and each of them has a different prognosis and period. However, the only way to treat a depression patient is to be empathetic and kind towards their behaviour and without pressurising them as they’re already struggling.
 

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