Depression

Depression

Sometimes the term depression is used in speaking of a normal human emotional response to failure, loss or disappointment.  However, what can differentiates it from just feeling “down” is the severity of the symptoms.  Major depression is different in that it is a serious emotional and biological disease affecting one’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, moods and physical health and can persist for weeks to months on end.  Depression can be a life-long condition where periods of wellness alternate with recurrences of illness and may require treatment.  Some people may have only one episode  of depression or others may have recurrent episodes.  People with depression may experience alterations in their: sleep pattern, appetite, energy level, mental speed, interest in activities, self-esteem, movement.  Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and/or guilt are common.  There are several different types of depression, some of which include: major depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness), seasonal affective disorder