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Depression - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

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Depression - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

The Different Forms of Depression

Depression manifests itself in one of its several forms. These are:

  • Major Depression- In the case of major depression the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with a person’s ability to sleep, work, study, eat and enjoy his life. Major depression episodes may occur a single time or more commonly even multiple times in a person’s life.
  • Dysthymia or Dysthymic disorder- In this variant of depression the symptoms are less severe but persist over prolonged periods that stretch to two years or more.
  • Minor Depression- In the case of minor depression the symptoms are not all that severe and persist for only a small amount of time.

What are the causes of depression?

Depression may be caused by a single or a combination of factors like:

  • Genetic Propensity- People whose families have previous histories of depression are more susceptible to having the illness than people with no family history of depression.
  • Brain Chemistry- The chemistry of the people suffering from depression is different from those who do not have the disease.
  • Stress- Sometimes events that evoke strong emotions like a dear person’s death, a difficult relationship or other situations that are acutely stressful may be enough to trigger bouts of depression.

Treatment for Depression

The first step in treating a patient with depression is to consult a mental health professional or doctor. This visit may be followed by examinations and laboratory tests to rule out other similar conditions. Medications taken by a patient too fall under scrutiny. The doctor takes into account detailed family and medical history of the disease and then proceeds to prescribe antidepressants accordingly. However, the medicines are slow to take effect. But medical antidepressants often have severe side effects that may not be acceptable in all cases. Psychotherapy is another option that may help in the treatment of depression. It works by teaching new behaviour and ways of thinking that may help to alleviate some of the symptoms. It gives a person an insight into why the depression is occurring and what makes the situation worse.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 36 years male and taking treatment for depression from last 3 years when I will recover can I become normal person am taking nexito 10 mg and lonazep .25 mg pls guide.

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You can become a normal person but you need to combine medication with therapy. If you have no symptoms for about three years, you may reduce your medication and even stop it but always with the approval of your doctor. I believe there may be some...

Hello. I'm 32 weeks pregnant and on sertraline antidepressant - zosert 75 from 2 weeks. Still I am feeling quite depressed, crying spells, not interested in anything. Feeling very sad and hopeless. I'm not able to take care of my son or myself. And this guilt is eating me. What should I do now?

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Kindly review with your psychiatrist and plan for treatment optimization with increasing dose of sertraline. This can be coupled or followed by augmentation with lamotrigine. Non pharmacological management would include relaxation techniques, psyc...
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My father is suffering from depression due to my grand mother died and some family issue with sister and brother. Not able to concentrate on any activity. We consulted doctor and doctor prescribed mirtaz 15 mg and zapiz 0.5 mg.please suggest how long it will take time to recover.

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Psychologist, Bangalore
Hey lybrate-user, I understand that this is a tough time for your family. While medications can be helpful, it may be very important for your father to seek emotional support and talk through his grief and issue with siblings with a therapist. You...

Sir may heart and depression ka patient hun .last 14 years say duvanta 20 once in a day leta hun kuch time say 2 family may death honey kay karan kisi kam may dil nahi lagta depression may raha hun kia karu.

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Depression hamesha stress mein zyada haavi ho jaataa hai. Kaam mein dil nahin lagnaa bhi depression hai. Aap kosish kijiye dusron ko apni feelings share karne ki aur unkaa feelings jaanne ki. Kuchh physical activities like going for a walk or yoga...
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