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Understanding and Dealing with Depression Today

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Woman KneelingDepression has a long history of misunderstanding, and has until recently been seen as less than a disease and more of a way to get attention. The 1950’s and 1960’s in America represented the largest misunderstanding of the disease, causing many unethical and ineffective treatments, including electroshock and freezing. Today, there is a lot more research and evidence that allows the disease to be seen for what it is, with greater treatments and a great deal more assistance when it comes to this very real and unintentional sickness.

There are many people that suffer from depression on a daily basis, as well as many things you can do about it.

The Truth about Depression

Depression can truly be debilitating. Not only can it be difficult to conduct daily activities, but it can also be difficult to interact socially or even get up in the morning. Depression is not something that you can just snap on and off, and can in fact demonstrate several real symptoms including:

  • Headache or migraine
  • Stomach upset
  • High blood pressure
  • Uncontrollable mood swings
  • Unstable thoughts and feelings
Many times, depression can be associated with another event or a trauma in your life such as:
  • Death of loved one
  • Loss of employment
  • Severe injury
  • Change in life situation

There could also be generally no indicated cause of the depression, with several triggers that can even include non-eventful stages in life, and can even be caused by others as well. 

How to Diagnose Depression

There are several different types of depression, with various related conditions as well including:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Manic depression
  • Severe depression
  • Stress related depression
  • Severe grief

Getting diagnosed with these and other depression conditions is a clinical issue and should be done by a licensed health care physician. You will be asked a series of questions, as well as given a physical to find any other symptoms of the condition. If you are diagnosed with depression, you may or may not be prescribed various types of medications that can range from Zoloft to Xanax and others as well. Your decision to utilize prescription medications for the condition will generally determine whether or not you receive a prescription as there are many indications for the medications that are offered. 

Debilitating Conditions

  There are some occasions when an event or situation in life can cause a severe clinical depression that can affect your ability to work and operate as a functional adult. This can include a severe trauma in life, at work, or even within the family. When this happens, there are physicians that will deem you unable to perform at work, specifying an ideal amount of time for you to remain out of work in order to recuperate from the ordeal. Although you may have to miss work, there are various programs that ensure you are still able to receive wages or some form of compensation for work such as FMLA leave which offers paid leave from work in some situations. This will ensure that you are able to get over or past your depression without being at a large loss financially. 

Why It’s Important to Understand Your Condition

There are several effects of depression that are found within many of those suffering from the condition who fail to seek treatment or help. Attempted suicide and suicide are often forms of the most severe symptoms, and can be done in a number of ways. Understanding your condition is extremely important to prevent this symptom as it is one of the signs that the condition is going untreated or without attention of any kind. Although you may feel that you have things under control, you can quickly go from one end to another in your mental stability, as depression is a very difficult disease to gauge. Misunderstanding of the condition is common, but there are several resources these days that you can utilize in order to get better emotionally and mentally. There are several different people you can talk to including:

  • Grief counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists

There are many resources out there that can be used to find a technique in battling your specific condition whether it is associated to a situation that happened to you or within your family, or even at work. There are many reported cases of depression today from children to adults and from various situations as well. It is difficult to determine whether or not you will ever be affected by depression as it can be onset by any situation and can affect anyone of any gender, race, or age. If you aren’t aware of your rights as a worker, resources as a patient, and needs as a person, this disease can quickly and easily get ahead of you with time and failure to adhere.


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