Have you been feeling sad lately? Is your life satisfying? Know the signs of depression and what you can do to return your life in its natural pleasurable state.

Depression, in a sense, is described to be a persistent feeling of loneliness or sadness. There is a dramatic decrease of interest in things found out to be pleasurable before. The most noted manifestations are disturbance in sleep, appetite, energy and concentration. According to studies, it is twice more common in females and has a poorer prognosis in older adults.

Often it is associated with grief, though those two have dividing features. Grieving, as we may not know it, is a normal phenomenon, sometimes it is even encouraged to prevent pooling up of negative energies. While on the other hand, depression is set to be a pathologic disturbance. It is known to be as the grand exaggeration of grief. Unlike grief, depression does not limit on its own and steadily persists.

The development of depression can be explained by various theories. One says that there is a high genetic trace and familial tendency of acquiring depression due to the irregularities in norepinephrine and serotonin levels. Another theory took note of the possible disturbance in childhood interactions such as withdrawal of parental care and support. There is also a chance for those who experienced ambivalent states in personal relationships. On the other hand, some say that depression is associated with effective loss of a significant source of positive reinforcement. Others noted a high degree of aversion and helplessness.

In order for someone experiencing depression to be diagnosed clinically, at least five of the following manifestations must be present within the same two-week period along an evident change of previously known performance:

  • Recurrent ideation of death
  • Fatigue
  • Worthlessness and guilt feelings
  • Decreased concentration
  • Increased intimidation
  • Dysphoria or sadness
  • Anhedonia or diminished interests
  • Hyperphagia or appetite irregularities
  • Sleep disturbance

One must remember that depression will not come into a compensatory phase not until a few weeks or even months had passed already.  Hence for one to avoid developing even more serious consequences from depression, specialists suggest to seek immediate psychological guidance in order to prevent the occurrence of greater drastic signs and symptoms of depression. We must remember that quick-mindedness is key in order to avoid unnecessary accidents in the near future resulting from easily avoided conditions such as depression.