Monday, May 10, 2010

Depression Hurts - Doesn�t It?

Depression hurts and anybody who has experienced depression will know exactly how! Well, depression hurts both, psychologically and physically. It takes a complete toll on the individual. Depression is not something, which you can just snap out of your life. It is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals and some other factors. However, like any serious medical condition depression needs to be treated. When diagnosed with depression, people tend to wonder why it happened to them. The fact is anyone can get depression and the first step in fighting it is to understand what depression is, how it affects you and what its causes are.

What is depression?

Depression can be classified into two. Depression or more properly, a depressed mood, refers to a state of non-clinical melacholia that lasts for less than 2 weeks in duration and is distinctly differentiated from a diagnosis of clinical Depression. A depressed mood is situational and reactive and generally associated with grief, loss, or a major social transition. This depression is different from clinical depression. Clinical Depression is state of sadness or melancholia that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to the social functioning and/or activities of daily living of an individual. This state has a typical psycho-social nature. Symptoms lasting for two weeks or longer, and of a severity that begins to interfere with typical social functioning and/or activities of daily living, are considered as clinical depression. Depression hurts! This is more in relation to clinical depression.

Depression hurts the functioning of the brain � here�s how!

Feelings of depression are caused due to a chemical change that affects how the brain functions. A normally functioning brain controls everything from your heartbeat, to walking, to your emotions. It is made up of billions of nerve cells called neurons, which send and receive messages from the rest of your body, using brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These brain chemicals in different amounts are responsible for our emotional state. So how depression hurts the functioning of the brain? Depression happens when these chemical messages aren�t delivered correctly between brain cells and thus communication is disrupted.

Depression hurts? Yes! But the good news is that there are many forms of treatment, which can help one in coping with depression. The treatments include medications that can strengthen weak signals by raising the levels of certain neurotransmitters or by improving the ability of the neurons to process signals. This ensures that the brain delivers its vital messages �loud and clear! Thus depression hurts � but you can and will overcome the pain!

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