Stress is a normal response of the body when a person encounters a situation where anxiety and worries may result from the situation. This is considered normal until it reaches two weeks. However, when the condition persists for more than two weeks, the condition should be investigated if a simple stress has elevated to a depression. How do we recognize manage depression when it is discovered?
The symptoms of stress and depression are almost similar. The patient has feelings of moodiness, weight problems, headaches and sleeping problems when he is stress. However, when the condition is called depression, the focus of the condition is having the feelings of helplessness, low self-esteem or self-worth, self-loathing or self-guilt, loss of energy and the motivation to continue with his daily activities. Suicidal thoughts are a symptom of severe depression and should be taken seriously.
Rates of depression in women are twice as high as they are in men. This is due in part to hormonal factors. Before we are able to know how to manage depression, we should first understand the different types of depression.
Depression is extreme sadness and a recurring disorder. Some types of depression can be seasonal or can happen only during a specific period of time. Some of these are SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder and postpartum depression. SAD or commonly known as winter blues happens when sunlight is limited. This can be remedied with light therapy. On the other hand, postpartum depression is experienced by women who had just given birth. This condition often stays longer from weeks to months. Other types of depression are atypical depression and dysthymia, or dysthymic disorder is a mild depression that lasts for at least two years, sometimes called the double depression.
Depression can be treated with effective counseling so as to know the cause and how to manage depression. However, there are instances where counseling might not be enough so as the need for medication is suggested to speed up recovery.