Depression is more than feeling sad. Each person's experience of depression is different as there is a wide variety of symptoms.

Many people feel down occasionally, but have areas in their lives that make them feel good, for some people though, life is more of a struggle. They feel complete despair.
If you feel like this, then you may be depressed.

What is depression?

Depression is a prolonged and persistent mood, that affects all ages, races, economic groups and both males and females. For some reasons women suffer from depression about twice as much as men do. It is characterized by feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt, sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, and self-doubt, suicidal thought may also be present.

Normal everyday depression can last for minutes to a few days. These feelings are a normal part of being human.

On the other hand, depression that becomes intense and lasts for extended periods of time is beyond the everyday sort. For this more severe depression you need to consider getting help.

What may cause people to be depressed?

– Disappointment.
– Negative thinking.
– Unrealistic expectations.
– Significant loss.

Symptoms of depression:

1. Physical symptoms:

– Weight loss or gain.
– Sleeping too much or too little.
– Gradual loss of sexual desire.
– Constipation.

2. Emotional symptoms:

– Anger.
– Sadness.
– Hopelessness.
– Anxiety.
– Mood swings.

3. Behavioral symptoms:

– Getting angry easily.
– Crying for no apparent reason.
– Turning to drugs or alcohol.
– Loss of interest in one's physical appearance.
– Loss of interest in activities which were once of interest.

Dealing with depression:

– Try to keep up with social activities even if you do not feel like it
– Turn to friends and family members who make you feel loved and cared for.
– Ask for help. Others are usually very willing to listen.
– Do not hold your feelings, cry and get angry if you need to.
– Make a weekly list of your positive accomplishments.
– Use the stairs rather than an elevator.
– Take regular exercises.
– Keep as occupied as you can with things that really interest you.
– Get professional help if symptoms persist.

Depression is a distressing experience, but there are many kinds of help available.

Sadly you may not always get the help you need, sometimes because you may feel too hopeless about your situation to ask.

After reading this you may like to discuss it with family and friends.