An overview of depression.

An overview of depression.

We all feel down or sad at times, especially after a drastic life event for example losing a loved one. But we eventually get through it. Depression on the other hand is when the person has feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anger that persist over a period of weeks and interfere with daily life. People feel depressed or sad after events and changes in their lives. It changes how you think, feel, and function in daily activities. It is different from sadness or grief. But being sad is not the same as having depression.

Different types of depression are :

  • Mild or moderate.
  • Major .
  • Atypical .
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
  • Bipolar disorder.
  • Postpartum .
  • Depression with psychosis.

Social isolation as the result of conflict with family and friends can be a contributory factor, and certain medications, such as high blood pressure medication, have depression listed as a possible side effect. Women have a higher prevalence of experiencing a major depressive episode than men. If you feel like you’re depressed, you know that you’re feeling sad and the feeling is not what you want to feel but can’t seem to get it off your mind contacting someone (friend or family) is the first thing you should do. The more time the person spends depressed, the harder it can be for them to get out of it. However, there is a range of treatments and health professionals that make depression treatable.