There are different kinds of depression. Such as major depression, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder. Symptoms of depression come in many patterns that may include, loss of interest in activities you would enjoy doing normally, isolation from everyone, increased irritation, feeling empty, meaningless or unloved, suffering from aches and pains, feeling exhausted, changes in appetite and sleep, thoughts of suicidal. According to the National Institute of Mental Health “about 18 million Americans live with depression, and more than a third of them are older than 65.” But only an estimated of those 6 million individuals receive treatment.
A few adults can feel unhappy or blue from time to time, but that is different from depression. People living with depression have serious feelings of emotions almost every day for at least two weeks. Certain aspects may add to depression, including family history, various chemical imbalances, serious life adjustments, health illnesses, misuse of alcohol or drugs, and use of specific medications. Antidepressants and therapy are prevailing treatment alternatives. Exercise has also been proved to be effective. Brain stimulation therapy is another drug free benefit.
If you notice depression signs in yourself or a loved one, contact your physician right away to start planning a treatment regimen.