It is a common problem. Depression, also known as the blues, and sadness, is an epidemic all through out America. Many people go through it at one point of their lifetime or not. Some are unfortunate to have a lifetime of it.

It is often called clinical depression, or major depression. There are different types of this condition, notably Bipolar disorder. The degrees vary among people. While it is primarily a mental and emotional disorder, it is said to have a hereditary quality. A person who has a parent who dealt with depression at some point in his or her life will go through it him or herself. The symptoms include sadness, loss of interest in activities, social withdrawal, low self esteem, sleep disturbances, fluxuating appetite, fluxuating weight, and you would have to have had some of these symptoms for at least 2 weeks before you can be diagnosed with major depression The causes are really diverse. Common causes are abusive upbringing, broken relationships, job loss, relocation, etc.

There are many different ways you can treat depression. A lot of people resort to medication. But medication is not the only way to fight depression and should be reserved for the most severe cases. Other ways cope with depression include counceling, support groups, meditation, prayer, fitness activities, etc.

Part of depression is a sense of lack of purpose. You can find some activities dedicated to helping others. A lot of times knowing that you made life better for others often lifts moods.

Diet and exercise can be a very powerful weapon against depression. Some doctors say that depression is merely a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is very likely that an inactive lifestyle coupled with a diet that is very unhealthy can contribute to that. Depression could be the result of a lack of certain nutrients. Exercising is also helpful against depression because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins which lift your mood.

Depression is a serious issue and if left alone it could result in suicide or other drastic actions.