What is Depression?

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What is Depression?

Post by Dazzler on Mon May 17, 2010 9:01 pm

Depression is a disorder that involves a feeling of misery that affects a person's way of life and self esteem. It causes changes in behavior, feeling, and physical well-being that could last for weeks or longer depending on how you cope. It affects the mind and clouds judgement. However it doesn't mean that it's all in the mind. A person under going depression can lose interest in life. Some even commit suicide. What we need to understand is that this is a mental illness that needs appropriate attention and treatment like psychotherapy or counseling. Seeking for professional help doesn't imply that a person is crazy. The sooner the condition is treated, the better for the sufferer's friends and family. There are anti-depressant medication and other alternatives like joining a social group to aid a person in recovery.


Some Symptoms of Depression are:


  • Chronic fatigue

  • Sleeplessness

  • Irritability

  • Change in appetite

  • Restlessness

  • Significant weight loss/gain

  • Hopelessness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide


If you are suffering from these symptoms, talk to someone and ask for professional help. Going through depression is not easy so it is important for friends and family to show understanding, compassion, support, and guidance. Significantly, a person must accept the condition and want to be better to pull through. The longer you deny it to yourself, the more you will suffer. There is hope for depression. All you need to do is ask.


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Re: What is Depression?

Post by mikaela on Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:19 pm

Thanks for the great and informative article admin. I don't think that I was ever depressed. Maybe a little sad but I'm glad that it's nothing that serious. However, I could use a little help right now since my best friend is suffering from depression. I don't know what to do because I feel like there's nothing I can do to make her fell better. Her boyfriend dumped her and she's just devastated. She'll a mess and she doesn't want to do anything but stay on her room and cry. She hasn't told anyone but me and I'm worried that something might happen to her or she may do something bad. What do I do?

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Re: What is Depression?

Post by Dazzler on Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:54 pm

I think you should let her parents know. Depression is a difficult condition and if she doesn't get help soon it could get worse. You can talk to her constantly and convince her to talk to her mom. Someone has to know in her family so she can look after her. It's not easy to deal with this condition so she needs help from people who care about her a lot.

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Post by mikaela on Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:27 pm

She doesn't want to tell her mom because she's not allowed to have a boyfriend yet. I don't know what to do. I really feel sorry for her because she's just so hurt about what happened. I can't make her go out for shopping or to watch a movie which she normally loves doing.

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Re: What is Depression?

Post by Dazzler on Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:20 am

You cannot be responsible for what is going to happen to her. If she really is depressed, then she has to seek help. It's normal to be sad about a breakup. However, if it causes too much pain than she can handle you have to tell someone. You cannot be there for her all the time which is why you need to share this to her parents or maybe an older sister so they can help her get pass this. Show some more efforts of taking her out for shopping or a movie but avoid things that remind her of the breakup issue. You can try going to spa and get some pampering to make her feel good again Smile

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Re: What is Depression?

Post by kja888 on Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:37 pm

A break up is very painful. I know. So give her time, she will come around. sometimes we need to have space and allow others to feel their pain because this will make her stronger. Send her messages of encouragements. You may not replace her boyfriend but it counts to know that you are there to help out - a true mark of a genuine friend.

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Re: What is Depression?

Post by cymbalta on Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:24 pm

hey.

i just saw this post.

i think we should make this a sticky, after all it's what the forum category is about

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