Finding Out About Depression
When people speak about depression, they sometimes refer only to a low or melancholic feeling or mood that they may have temporarily resolved. In fact, the term is often even used frequently for sympathy following some relatively minor event such as a team losing a soccer game where the words – I feel depressed – echo in the room followed by a consoling remark.
On the other hand, some see depression only as a serious mental disturbance and attach to it all sorts of prejudices toward the general character and ability of the sufferer. It is only seen as a sign of weakness, the consequence of which is to avoid the sufferer at all costs.
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”― Laurell K. Hamilton
Misconceptions of Depression
In the first case, the term is often misused, and secondly, it is poorly understood. Depression can take many forms and have many causes but what distinguishes it from periodic sadness or incidents of negative response is that depression is something sustained over time.
Depression is not something felt brief and quickly forgotten about or easily distracted from. It lasts over a period of time and is recurring. Such sustained periods of depression will inevitably affect the sufferer’s attitude and response to their life and environment. This change of behaviour and attitude is often more noticeable by family, friends and associates.
The Early Stages
In the early stages or in milder cases of depression a sufferer may simply be apathetic or lack mental or physical energy. They may take a negative view on their life or circumstances or become especially morbid. All of which is within the natural range of human behaviour and, often, it takes a good friend or relative to know whether such a change has occurred in an individual.
An individual suffering from depression may have been full of life and optimism but has become negative and withdrawn over an extended period of time.
Depression may begin almost trivially, due to tiredness or stress, but as it recurs over time it begins to have an effect upon the mental and physical well-being of the sufferer which is a greater issue if not treated. Finding out about depression early on can save one many difficulties as time passes.
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