Depression (or ‘major depressive disorder’) is a common and serious medical illness that affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. It causes feelings of sadness and/or a general loss of interest in activities and personal passions. It can lead to various emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and/or at home.
Different from Grief or Sadness
Being sad is different from having depression, though symptoms tend to overlap. The end of a relationship or loss of a loved one can encourage the same feelings as depression. Depression, however, is more consistent and is not spurned by an event; though grief can certainly contribute to a depressed state. Understanding the difference is helpful to understand when someone needs help or support.
Physical and Mental
Many of symptoms of depression are physical as well as mood based. These traits can vary from mild to severe in magnitude. Mild symptoms include an occasional loss of appetite or trouble sleeping. More severe symptoms can be physical, such as disrupted speaking patterns or fatigue. Extreme cases instill thoughts or impulses of suicide. If you know someone who is experiencing symptoms of depression, contact a health professional for a diagnostic evaluation.
How Depression Forms
Similar to the symptoms of depression, the contributing factors can also be physical and/or mental. Chemicals in the brain, genes, environmental contributors, and personality can all encourage the development of depression.
Northwest Bio Feedback
Northwest Biofeedback Center takes a drug-free approach to combating depression. After two decades of success, Northwest Biofeedback Center’s caring staff and sophisticated techniques ensure proven care for each and every patient. If you or someone else is experiencing symptoms, please schedule an appointment with us today.