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Depression: The Understood Illness

Depression is a severe illness that affects millions of people every year. It can make you feel worthless and hopeless, and sometimes it's hard to tell if you are depressed. If you feel depressed, don't ignore it. You may need professional help to deal with the symptoms of depression.

Sometimes it's hard to tell if you are depressed

Depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or background. You may have depression if you feel sad or anxious for days. You could also feel tired all the time and have trouble concentrating or making decisions.

Depression is not your fault; it doesn't mean you are "crazy" or "bad." Depression is a medical condition—it has nothing to do with how hard you try at work or school; it doesn't mean there's something wrong with your family, and it isn't caused by something you did wrong in the past (or did right).

If you feel depressed, don't ignore it

If you're feeling depressed, don't ignore it. Depression is a severe illness that affects people of all ages, races, and cultures. If you think you are depressed, talk to your doctor about it.

Depression can be treated with medicines and counseling. Using both approaches together makes your chances of getting better than if either treatment is used alone. You may need to try different medications before finding the right one(s) for your symptoms. It may take some time before the drugs work at their full potential and before side effects completely disappear (if they do). Don't stop taking any medication without talking with your doctor first; stopping abruptly could cause withdrawal symptoms or other health problems such as seizures or heart palpitations which could result in hospitalization or even death if not adequately monitored during this period!

Depression can make it difficult to handle daily life

If you experience depression, it can interfere with the things you need to do every day. Depression can make it difficult to handle daily life, including work, school, or social activities. You may feel like you don't have enough energy or motivation to get through your days. Additionally, if you have recurrent episodes of depression, during which time your symptoms are severe and last for at least two weeks in a row, then there's a chance that your illness will also impact your career.

Suppose this has happened to people who know me well (or even those who know me less). In that case, I consider myself lucky that they continue to care about me despite my struggles with mental illness and my inability to be as productive and engaged in our relationships as we all would like; however, sometimes, these people might not understand why I am where I am today. For example: "Why did she choose such a high-pressure job? She knew what she was getting into when we graduated college together back in 2009″

"I want everyone out there reading this post today because if my experience had changed anyone's life with mental health issues over the past few years - whether they're suffering from anxiety or depression themselves - or someone close knows someone who suffers from these conditions - then hopefully this blog post will help provide some insight into what goes on inside their mind."

Depression is a brain condition, not just a bad mood

Depression is a severe medical condition, not just an occasional bad mood. It's also not a sign of weakness or personal failure, as many people believe. Depression can affect anyone, and it can take many forms.

The good news is that depression can be treated and managed successfully with the right treatment plan. With proper care and treatment from your doctor, you'll be able to get back to feeling like yourself again in no time!

7 Things That Make Depression Worse

Many things can make depression worse. These include:

  • Alcohol and drugs

  • An unhealthy diet

  • Lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep, which can be the result of an unhealthy diet

  • Inactivity (or a lack of exercise) - inactivity generally leads to loss of focus, less energy, and inability to concentrate, all of which will make it harder for you to feel like yourself again as well as make it more difficult for you to deal with stress when it arises; this also contributes towards obesity which is linked with depression.

  • Negative thinking - if you're constantly telling yourself negative thoughts about yourself or how things are going, this will only worsen your depression by making you feel worthless.

  • Social isolation - if you're spending all your time alone, then this can be very destructive to your mental health. A lack of social interaction with others will only make you feel more depressed as the days go by.

  • A lack of purpose - if you don't have any goals or aspirations in your life, then this will make you feel empty and depressed.

There is often a genetic component to depression

Depression is a complex condition, and it's not always clear how depression develops. While there is no single cause of depression, research suggests that the likelihood of developing the illness can be influenced by genetics.

When you have a family history of depression or other mental illnesses, you may be at greater risk for developing depression than someone who doesn't share your family history. This could be due to inherited brain chemistry differences or how your body processes certain chemicals (such as neurotransmitters).

While there may be a genetic predisposition for developing some forms of mental illness—including anxiety disorders—it's important to remember that genes aren't everything: environmental factors like trauma and stress can still play an essential role in causing or exacerbating symptoms.

Depression tends to run in families

Depression is a common mental illness affecting women more than men.

Depression can run in families. This doesn't mean that if one family member has depression, everyone will have it too. But since depression tends to be genetic, you're more likely to develop this condition if you have a relative who suffers from depression as well.

Studies have shown that about 40% of adults with major depression had at least one close relative (parent or sibling) who also experienced an episode of major depressive disorder.

Suicide: The Risk Factors

  • Depression: The risk of suicide is greater if you have depression, whether it's a stable condition or an episode that comes and goes.

  • Alcohol and drug abuse: People dependent on alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs) are at increased risk for suicide.

  • Family history of suicide: If someone in your family committed or attempted suicide, you might be more likely to try it too. This doesn't mean that you're doomed; it just means that you're at higher risk than most people with no family history of mental illness.

  • Family history of mental illness: Your family history doesn't necessarily mean your life will be difficult; many people with troubled childhoods grow up to lead happy lives. But having a parent or sibling with bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or anxiety disorders such as panic attacks can increase your chances of developing these illnesses yourself—and being more likely to consider suicide as well.

No one deserves depression

Depression is not a choice, just like diabetes and heart disease are not choices. It's an actual illness that can affect anyone at any time. But you may still question whether your depression is something you deserve or brought upon yourself—and it's important to know that this line of thinking isn't helpful. Depression doesn't discriminate based on age, gender, race, or ethnicity; anyone can become depressed at any point in their lives (though some people are more susceptible).

Depression is also not a sign of personal weakness or lack of faith in God; rather than being caused by sinfulness or lack of confidence, sometimes depression can occur because people with other mental health issues don't receive proper care for those problems first.

After losing a loved one, many people experience mourning that can develop into depression

Depression is a medical condition that can occur after losing a loved one. It is not a sign of weakness but a treatable illness. Many people experience depression due to significant life losses, such as divorce or retirement.

People with depression can be treated with medications and counseling to help them manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Social support helps fight depression

Social support is one of the best tools for fighting depression. Friends, family, and professionals can offer much-needed encouragement and advice to those suffering from depression. You don't have to face your illness alone!

  • Friends and family

  • Professionals (doctors, therapists)

  • Online support groups

Online support groups are an excellent resource for people suffering from depression. You can connect with others who understand what you're going through, share stories and advice, and learn how to manage your illness better.

Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand

Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand. According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression, making it the leading cause of ill health and disability. For example, having a genetic predisposition to mood disorders may make you more likely to develop an anxiety disorder. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression and anxiety disorders are two common mental illnesses that often occur together—and each can be a symptom of another mental illness or substance abuse problem.

Depression itself is also highly treatable: A combination of psychotherapy and medication is generally recommended as part of a treatment regimen that can include lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep and regular exercise; engaging in activities you enjoy; connecting with others through social interactions; practicing mindfulness or meditation techniques; seeking out community support groups; participating in 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous; joining faith communities where other people share your values—allowing yourself time off work if needed so you don't overextend yourself during periods where energy levels may not be at their highest points due to seasonal affective disorder.

The most common mental illnesses in the US are depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism

Depression is a brain condition that affects every aspect of your life. It can make it challenging to do what you usually enjoy and cause problems with relationships, work, sleep, eating, and physical activity. Depression usually begins gradually and worsens over time if left untreated. The most common mental illnesses in the US are depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Depression affects more than 350 million people worldwide—one in 10 people. It has been described as "the world's leading cause of disability" by the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, according to WHO:

Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years or older; about 18% of them are estimated to be found among children ages 13–18 years old; 8% percent among children ages 7–12 years old; 12% percent among adolescents aged 13–17 years old; while 23% percent among young adults aged 18–25 years old.

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with major depression as men are

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with major depression as men are.

Women also have higher anxiety disorders, postpartum depression, and bipolar disorder.

There are many theories about why women are more likely than men to develop a mental illness. One possibility is that the female hormone estrogen may play a role in the development of depression; women with higher levels of estrogen tend to be more susceptible to mood disorders.

You can help yourself or someone else with depression by learning more about it and seeking professional help when necessary

Depression is a severe medical condition that can affect anyone. Depression is not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of"—it's a medical condition that needs treatment, like many others.

Depression affects how you feel, think and act; it can be so severe that it interferes with your daily life. Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad or empty most of the time

  • Having feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness

  • Having trouble sleeping, even when you want to sleep more than usual (insomnia)

  • Not being able to enjoy things that you usually find pleasurable, such as hobbies or spending time with friends and family

5 Supplements To Take For Depression

Many supplements can help with depression.

These are the five best:

1. SAMe: This naturally occurring amino acid helps the body make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. It's also thought to protect against stress and relieve pain.

2. 5-HTP: This supplement is made from an African plant and is used to boost serotonin levels, which may help fight depression.

3. St John's wort: This herb has been used for centuries to treat mood disorders, anxiety, and insomnia — all symptoms of depression.

4. Rhodiola Rosea (golden root): This herb has been shown in some studies to improve symptoms of mild to moderate depression by increasing serotonin levels in the brain (though not as effectively as SAMe).

5. Magnesium deficiency is common among people with depression because it can affect how well your body uses other nutrients — particularly vitamin B6, which plays an essential role in neurotransmitter production and brain function. Low magnesium levels may also worsen symptoms if you already have depression or anxiety disorders (or both).


If you or someone close to you is experiencing symptoms of depression, it's essential to seek help. You can take steps on your own, but it's often best to seek professional treatment from a mental health professional who can provide more targeted care at a higher level of expertise.

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