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Depression – Causes and Treatment
Depression – Causes and Treatment
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders. Approximately 80% to 90% of people with depression respond to treatment, and nearly all patients find relief from their symptoms. Before deciding on the type of treatment, a health professional will perform a thorough diagnostic evaluation. This may include an interview and physical examination. Blood tests may be ordered to rule out medical causes, as reversing the medical cause would reduce or eliminate the symptoms. The health professional will also explore the specific symptoms of depression, as well as medical history, environmental and cultural factors that could be causing your condition.
If symptoms are severe and require hospitalization, doctors may suggest psychotherapy. Psychotherapy involves individual, family, and couples counseling sessions. Group therapy can also be used. Couples therapy addresses issues in the couple, while group therapy teaches people how to work together and manage similar situations. A person may have to attend a few sessions or several to see a significant improvement. Although treatment for depression is generally effective, some people may need longer courses of treatment. In this case, the health care professional may prescribe an antidepressant medication for several weeks, while continuing psychotherapy over a period of time may help prevent the symptoms from reoccurring.
Depression is more common in women than in men. Men may experience feelings of irritability, anger, and reckless behavior. They may also develop eating disorders or substance abuse. In men, it is often accompanied by guilt. In children, depression can manifest as a desire to stop attending school or a fear that their parents will die. For teenagers, depressed teenagers may experience irritability, sulkiness, troubled behavior, and self-harm.
A teenager suffering from depression may exhibit the symptoms of low self-esteem, a persistent sad mood, trouble focusing and remembering details, and feeling irritable. Other symptoms of depression include a lack of energy and restlessness. They may even experience hallucinations and feel worthless. If these symptoms persist for more than a couple of weeks, the depression may be diagnosed as a mental disorder. A psychiatrist or therapist can prescribe medication and therapy to help the person cope with the symptoms.
There are many causes of depression and treatment for each one. Some are genetic and others are environmental. The first and most important step is to determine what depression is. Identifying the cause of the problem is the best way to determine the right treatment. Depression can affect a mother’s relationship with her child, her partner, and other family members. It is important to seek help and seek treatment if you are suffering from it. It can be life-threatening.
Another type of depression is called persistent depressive disorder, or PDD. This type of depression lasts more than two years, but is not as severe as major depression. In addition, people suffering from persistent depression may have periodic periods where they are no longer depressed. These periods usually last no more than two months, and in these cases, treatment is still necessary. People with persistent depressive disorder may also be experiencing sleep problems, changes in appetite, and even self-harm.