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Anyone with depression?
Dr. Arvind M. Dhople, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Florida Tech
If someone just has a sad mood or if something bad happens, but their low mood doesn’t last longer than a few weeks, it might not be the depression. If someone has per- sistent symptoms, for more days than not for several weeks, then they may need to seek help.
Anyone can suffer from depression. And almost every- one has a friend or family member who has or had depres- sion – whether they know it nor not. That de nitely include famous people.
Depression is one of the most common and serious mental disorders in the United States. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it causes several symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Current re- search suggests that depression is caused by combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological fac- tors.
An estimated 19 million teens and adults in the United States have depression – feelings that do not go away and interfere with everyday life. Depression can affect people of all ages and is different for every person. Nearly 90 percent of those with severe depressive symptoms reported dif culty with work, home, or social activities.
Depression can present itself in a variety of forms. As said earlier, no two people are affected the same way by de- pression and there is no “one-size- ts-all” for treatment. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be pres- ent for at least two weeks. It may take some trial and error to  nd the treatment that works best for you.
There are  ve major types of depression: (1) Persistent depressive disorder is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. (2) Perinatal depression is much more seri- ous than the “baby blues”, relatively mild depression and anxiety symptoms that typically clear within two weeks after giving birth. Women with perinatal depression experience full-brown major depression during pregnancy or after de- livery (postpartum depression). (3) Psychotic depression occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having delusions or hallucinations. (4) Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is characterized by the on- set of depression during the winter, when there is less sun- light, (5) Bipolar disorder is different from depression, but it is included in this list because someone with bipolar disorder experiences episodes of extremely low mood that meet the criteria for major depression (called “bipolar depression”). But a person with bipolar disorders also experiences ex- treme high – euphoric or irritable – moods called “mania” or a less severe form called “hypomania”.
If persons have been experiencing some of the follow- ing signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, they may be suffering from depres- sions. The signs and symptoms include: (a) persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood; (b) feeling of hopelessness, or pessimism; (c) feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helpless- ness; (d) loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities; € dif culty concentration, remembering, or making deci- sions; (f) dif culty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping; and (g) thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide
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attempts.
Depression, even the most severe cases, can be treated.
The earlier the treatment can begin, the more effective it
is. Depression is usually treated with medications, psycho- therapy, or a combination of two. If these treatments do not reduce symptoms, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and other brain stimulation therapies may be options to explore.
Antidepressants are medicines that threat depression. They may help improve the way your brain uses certain chemicals that control mood or stress. They may need to try several different antidepressant medicines before  nding the one or ones that improve your symptoms and have manage- able side effects. Antidepressants take time – usually two to four weeks – to work, and often, symptoms such as sleep, appetite, and concentration problems improve before mood lifts.
The limitation of current psychotherapy and medications for depression is that there is a considerable lag – weeks, if not months – for the full effects to take place. Many people do bene ts, but it takes a long time, and not everybody gets better.
What about the normal part of aging? Depression is a common among older adults, but it is NOT a normal part of aging. In fact, studies show that most older adults feel satis-  ed with their lives, despite having more illnesses or physical problems. Important life changes that happen as they get older may cause feeling of uneasiness, stress, and sadness.
For instance, the death of a loved one, moving from work into retirement, or dealing with a serious illness can leave people feeling sad or anxious. After a period of ad- justment, many older adults can regain their emotional bal- ance, but others do not and may develop depression. SS
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