Depression throughout life

Many people use the word “depression” to describe a bad mood, sadness, or just to say that they are not in the mood. When a professional uses the word “depression,” he or she is referring to clinical depression – major depressive disorder (MDD). Sometimes the doctor prescribes in this case.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): a condition in which feelings of sadness are much more intense than usual and last longer than usual. There is also a loss of interest and pleasure.

People suffering from depression have difficulty functioning on a daily basis. Difficulties also occur at work. Very often they are not interested in the closeness of family and friends. They feel despair and feel worthless.

There are different types of depression of varying severity: postpartum depression, seasonal depression, mild depression, and clinical depression (MDD).
Depression can manifest as symptoms on both psychological and physical levels.

Symptoms of depression
Symptoms of depression are individual and manifest differently in each person. Not all of the symptoms below need to be present in depression. There are also additional symptoms,

not listed below, that may be present with depression.
Decline in mood.
Loss of pleasure.
Obsessive preoccupation with guilt and self-deprecation.
Feelings of helplessness, despair and self-loathing.
Deterioration of memo

ry and ability to concentrate.

Removal from social activity.
Problems in the sexual sphere.
Disturbed sleep.
Decreased or increased appetite.
Thoughts of death or suicide.

Various physical symptoms such as fatigue, apathy, headaches and digestive problems.

In certain cases, delusions and/or hallucinations (usually auditory hallucinations) may be present.

Risk factors for depression
In most cases, it is not one single cause that leads to depression, but a combination of several causes.
The following are reasons that increase the risk of depression:
Early trauma, such as abuse, separation or neglect.
Deteriorating physical condition.
Chronic pain due to injury, accident, or illness.
Breakups and losses.
Post-traumatic stress disorder or its complications.
Old age or widowhood, especially among men.
Previous mental disorders.
Adaptive reactions to changes in status, place of residence, especially in people with an addictive personality.
Various physical ailments, such as Parkinson’s and fibromyalgia.

The thoughts of a person suffering from depression can be gloomy and unpleasant, accompanied by feelings of failure, low self-esteem and despair. These thoughts and feelings are accompanied by anxiety and decreased functioning – regarding the expectations of others, or his own.
Still, the good news is that there is something to do and someone to turn to.