When feelings of extreme despondency overtake the psyche it marks the onset of depression. The state brings on low moods and possibly aversion to activity. Depression affects thoughts, feelings and behavior. A person with a depressed mood is sad, anxious, hopeless, helpless, irritable and restless in turns. There is loss of interest in everyday activities. Alternately one could be hyper active. Also a person may experience loss of appetite or conversely continually overeat.
Such a state of mind, if allowed to continue for long, leaves you in a shambles. You cannot concentrate, take decisions or think clearly. Excessive melancholia may even push someone to the brink of life. Other maladies could involve insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems and of course reduced energies. The persistence of sadness along with unexplained feelings of worthlessness may lead one towards drinking and pessimism making matters worse.
Often depression may not exhibit any external signs and be present in covert forms. Feelings of fatigue, constant worrying and feelings of doom or guilt are other attributes. Experiencing imagined or actual pains, aches and digestive troubles may also occur. Also there may not be really any specific disorder and one can suffer from physiological conditions – what are commonly now known as psychosomatic disorders. It leaves one feeling at a loss, unable to explain their condition.
Depression leads people to withdraw and hide behind their fears, imaginary or otherwise, but they do suffer from real mental trauma. This makes them shun personal contact, become reclusive till they might gradually shut out life. You may be sure to find depressive personalities hiding behind their surreal personas. The clinical condition may range from miserable mood swings to terribly debilitating mood disorders. So we must not be quick to dismiss people suffering from depression thinking it is an insignificant problem. All of us get depressed once in a while but the prolonged affair with melancholia requires due treatment. The thing is that such mental conditions are not taken as seriously as a physical disorder simply because you do not acknowledge the unseen pain.
The person hiding behind excessive internet usage could be a prime suspect for depressive disorders. Content taking a backseat in his virtual world, his sleep patterns become disrupted making him more prone to depression. Check out the woman crying excessively for the most simplest of causes, creating a disconnect to remain aloof in a bid to numb her unmentionable pains. Watch out for people who stop grooming themselves. The unkempt youngster in shabby clothes may manifest a disordered personality. Make note of eating habits of people around you – if they eat too little or a lot more – both are symptoms of appetite problems due to depression.
Depression is a psychiatric syndrome that hampers normal life. The fact is that some minds cannot cope with life events and changes that affect their psyches. From death of near and dear ones, disasters, isolation, relationships, emotional upheavals or catastrophic injury – anything might affect equanimity. If a person cannot bounce back to normalcy in two weeks time after an event and relapses into a state of chronic depressed mood, it may lead to severe clinical impairment. Such conditions include bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and so on. India has a sizeable percentage of clinical patients who need doctors and specialists helping them to cope through.