Thundercloud Following You Around?

Sandra Appiah April 21, 2011

By Dewan Farhana

Thundercloud Following You Around?

Depression can be present in many forms and often occurs at the hormonal level. It is usually due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Because depression is most often a physiological problem it is important to reach out to a medical professional for help. It is a condition that we may not be able to control until we are treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

According to PubMed, the causes of depression can be:

  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Life events or situations, such as: breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, failing a class, illness or death in the family, or parents divorcing (for adolescents)
  • Childhood events, such as abuse or neglect
  • Divorce, death of a friend or relative, or loss of a job (for adults)
  • Social isolation (common in the elderly)
  • Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), medications (such as sedatives and high blood pressure medications), cancer, major illness, or prolonged pain
  • Sleeping problems

PubMed lists these as the signs of someone who is depressed:

  • Agitation, restlessness, and irritability
  • Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss
  • Extreme difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt
  • Inactivity and withdrawal from usual activities, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed (such as sex)
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • There are various therapy and medical treatments that are available to help people return to a normal and enjoyable life, make use of them.

If you are not interested in “western medicine,” below is a site where you can find more information about natural ways of stopping depression, helping you achieve a happier mind and fulfilled soul:

Last Edited by: Updated: February 25, 2014


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