It's important to understand that depression is a common mental health disorder that can be treated. In this article, you'll find out more about some of the interesting facts about depression that can help you understand better what you’re going through.
Interesting facts about 'feeling depressed' vs 'being depressed'
To help you understand about what 'being depressed' means, it can be helpful to learn about some of the interesting facts about what makes it different from just simply 'feeling depressed' or sad.
According to Dr. Nina Moadel, a practicing psychiatrist at the Rockville Centre in New York, "Normal sadness is a transient emotion that passes as the distressed person deals with troubling events. Compared to sadness, clinical or major depression is far more complex. Clinical depression is a mental illness characterized by both emotional and physical symptoms, which make it hard to function normally in everyday life."
Facts about 'feeling depressed'
Sadness or feeling low can be a natural emotional response to certain unfortunate events in life. People who are sad usually have an idea about what makes them feel a certain way, such as losing a loved one, failure at work, losing a job or having problems at home.
Facts about 'being depressed'
On the other hand, it can be interesting to know that those who are suffering from a major depressive disorder may not have a logical reason why they seem to constantly be under 'dark clouds'. Understand that struggling with a major depressive disorder isn't just experiencing an emotion. It means that you can be experiencing a depressive disorder that needs treatment.
Most people who are clinically depressed experience a constant low mood for more than 2 weeks. They lose interest in things that they used to find pleasure in. Some may even get to a point of feeling that there's no longer a meaning in life.
Other common symptoms include having unexplained body pains, sleep problems, changes in appetite, low levels of energy, poor concentration, difficulties in making decisions, having feelings of hopelessness, guilt and worthlessness and having thoughts about harming oneself and even taking one's own life.
Interesting facts about what can cause depressive symptoms
There are many interesting factors that have been identified to increase the risk of a person to suffer from a constant low mood.
Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a mood disorder that usually occurs during the winter season. It's when the days are shorter and there isn't much sunlight available. However, it can be interesting to know that some people may experience an onset of a depressive episode not during the winter, but rather on a sunny season. According to Dr. Alfred Lewy, a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, some people find it difficult to adjust to changes in season, because of an imbalance in the brain chemistry.
Social media overload
Nowadays, many people are into social media like Facebook. This can be an interesting platform that can provide convenience with regards to communication, research and so much more. However, a number of studies came up with an interesting finding that a 'Facebook overload' can be associated with mental illnesses. Some people who spend too much time online might be struggling with social problems or a lack of face-to-face interaction with others. Having an interaction with others through social media may not always be meaningful. Understand that having a lack of meaningful connection with other people can lead to a mental health problem.
Smoking - a cause or a cure?
Another potential cause of mental illness is having bad habits like smoking. It has been known that people who are constantly feeling down tend to smoke, and smokers have higher risks of suffering from a mental illness than those who don't smoke. However, studies show an interesting fact that nicotine, a drug found in cigarettes, can help boost the production of serotonin and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters in the brain that help regulate your mood. However, it's important to keep in mind that staying away from bad habits is the key to keeping your body and mind healthy.
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