Depressions is often described as a state of loss, sadness, loneliness or hopelessness that occurs over a longer than normal period of time and causes the depressed individual to have problems with managing their normal daily tasks in their lives by keeping them in a negative state of thought and/or emotion which the individual often feels is impossible to reduce or cure.
While the length of being in a negative mental and/or emotional state can vary and feelings of loss, sadness and loneliness are normal depending on the situation (such as when an individual losses a loved one or when a serious break up occurs) when it extends beyond a healthy amount of time and to a mentally/emotionally debilitating state it causes the individual to lose his or her ability to function normally within their life and can lead to number of different health and relationship issues such as:
- The loss of important relationships due to a lack of mental/emotional availability
- Loss of self esteem and self worth
- Inability to perform tasks and responsibilities at work
- Degrading mental and emotional health
- Lowered immune system which can increase the likelihood of getting sick
- Increased opportunity of acquiring osteoporosis, insomnia and a host of other medical conditions
- Difficulty having conversations or socializing with others
- Inability to concentrate
- Inability to experience pleasure
- Increased thoughts of suicide
And a host of other mental and/or emotional issues due to being in a highly negative state for an extended amount of time.
While depression is common it can be treated and cured with the right kind of medical, psychological and emotional care.
Everyone experiences a sense of depression at some point in their lives however those who are constantly in a state of depression or in a heightened depressed state may be considered clinically depressed at which point many healthcare provides will recommend seeking out a healthcare specialists who can help mitigate and/or eliminate the depression rather than having the individual try to handle the depression on their own.
Patients who choose to work with a specialist may choose to seek out a mental health care specialist or psychologist to help them understand their condition and develop healthier habits and treatment plans, obtain prescribed medications that can reduce the symptoms of depression and improve the ability to focus and lead normal lives and seek out a holistic care specialist to look for alternative methods of health care among other forms of treatment.
When treated effectively individuals will often be able to resume normal daily tasks without feelings of negativity and be able to have regular healthy conversations with others.
Effective treatment can also reduce or eliminate the dependency of stimulants and/or drugs allowing individuals to focus on what’s important to them without having to rely on chemicals to keep them from becoming depressed.
In conclusion depression is a state of excess negative emotions combined with a sense of hopelessness that causes the depressed individual to feel as though they are unable to be happy and reduces his/her ability to perform regular daily tasks.
When treated properly depression can be significantly reduced or eliminated allowing the individual to focus on moving forward their lives and manage their normal daily responsibilities while also helping them regain their sense of self worth, happiness and ability to communicate effectively with others.