What can cause depression?
There are many theories as to what causes depression, none are definitive but a number of things are linked to its development.
Depression usually results from recent life events such as unemployment, abuse, isolation, stress and a combination of other longer-term or personal factors such as personality, family history, serious illness or drug and alcohol problems.
Alternatively depression can follow a single event such as an operation or childbirth and is more common in late adolescence, middle age and the years following retirement.
What types of depression are there?
Classified as a mood disorder, depression affects everyone in different ways.
Types of depression graded in order of severity are;
- Dysthymia and Melancholic Depression
- Adjustment Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Seasonal affective Disorder
- Post-partum Depression
- Bipolar Disorder
- Psychotic Depression
What are some of the symptoms of depression?
As one of the most common illnesses in medicine, depression is often confused with other conditions.
Symptoms can be physical and mental and the classical notions of crying and sleeping may be absent.
Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, anger,apathy, guilt, anxiety or worthlessness can be experienced as can continual tiredness, sleeping or eating problems, loss of libido, difficulty concentrating or making decisions. In addition to this, there may be severe issues with biological functions like sleep and appetite.