Depression is one of the most common mental disorders.
Depression is a complex mental health disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, loneliness, despair, low self esteem, self reproach, and withdrawal from social contact.
Who is at risk of being depressed? Anybody can be at risk of depression.
Although certain risk factors like genetics, rl death of a relative or friend, female gender, substance use, certain medical conditions and tendency to worry a lot contributes to depression.
Common symptoms of a depressed person includes; sleep changes, anger or irritability, self-loathing, reckless behaviour,concentration problems, appetite or weight changes, loss of interest in daily activities, unexplained aches and pains and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
Depression can be caused by anger, conflict, genetics, serious illness, certain medications like corticosteroids and even major events like the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.
Treatment for depression includes;
-Healthy lifestyle changes like exercise, eating healthy, keeping the right company.
-Social support from friends,relatives, colleagues.
– Psychotherapy- Talking about your issues with a therapist.
– Medications prescribed from a medical personnel.