Depression is defined as a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason. Yet, what causes depression? What are signs of depression? How can one treat depression? All of these are good questions, and are often the most helpful if you know the answer to them. There are many signs to watch for if you suspect yourself or someone you know is dealing with depression.

Let's start with what causes depression. Depression is believed that it can be caused by an array of different situations. Depression can be inherited or brought on by certain life changing events, such as, a death of a loved one, a car accident, a stroke, heart attack, or any other life changing event. Depression can also be brought on by many other stress factors that may go unnoticed if not careful. These are everyday stress factors, such as, work, bills, relationships, and many more everyday events such as these. As you can see, depression can and will disguise itself any many forms and can affect anyone of us at any time.

Now, what are some of the signs of depression? This is a good question, and if you know the early signs of depression then you will be able to help yourself or someone you may know. Although, signs of depression may vary from person to person there are some common signs that you should be able to pick up on. Some of these signs may include: loss of energy, loss of sleep or oversleeping, excessive weight loss or gain, irritability, trouble focusing, feeling hopeless and/or helpless, and most important talk of suicide. It is important to know that just a few of these signs may just be everyday wows that everyone experiences from time to time, but when it is accompanied by more or all of these symptoms then it is time to seek help. Especially, if you or someone you know are having thoughts of harming themselves. Any talk of suicide is serious, so you should take it serious yourself!

How can depression be treated? There are many ways to fight this problem. Some of the ways depression can be treated is through therapy sessions, medication, and sometimes it helps to just get out and be among people. Therapy sessions are a great way to help with depression, but may cost you some money. I will have to say though, if you can afford it or if there is a free clinic in your area, then therapy is a great way to go. Therapy gives you a chance to get everything out in the open to another person, who, by law, is not allowed to share your information with others. In some cases when therapy is not enough, medication may be needed. Don't be ashamed or embarrassed to take medication for depression, because it may be just what you need to get you through this time in your life. Also, in many cases getting out and among people such as friends or relatives or going to church or other social events will help with depression a great deal.

Depression can be a scary problem to deal with if you do not know what to look for and how to handle it, but, but the good news is, it is treatable with a numerous amount of ways. The most important thing to remember is to know the signs of depression and seek help immediately if you are experiencing multiple signs as this could be your best line of defense against this sickness called depression.