Depression is a mental disorder that affects millions of Canadians yearly and is qualified in different stages of severity as a psychological disorder that needs treatment. Treatments consist of both psychological and therapeutic work, as well as medication and medical oversight.
Depression impacts the brain, and makes people feel down and negative about their lives and goals. Depression has a significant stigma attached to it, making people unlikely to go see a doctor or a psychologist about their condition because of the general stigma attached to psychological and mental disorders. Because of that, medical professionals worry that depression is grossly underreported, and that in turn, not as much is known about depression in the medical community as could be.
Depression is caused by a host of issues, both genetic and environmental. Scientists believe that there is a biological switch in the brain that makes certain people more likely to suffer from depression based on their biological body and brain chemistry, and on their genetics. People who are related to patients who have suffered from bouts of depression are much more likely to experience depression themselves.
Additionally, environmental factors play a large role in depression development and symptom showcasing. People who are experiencing stress from work or their daily lives may experience depression as a corollary problem to the stresses of their every day lives, and thus, depression can invade their lives environmentally, as well.
Symptoms of depression include highly depressed and negative behavior. This can mean that a patient does not want to get out of bed in the morning, or that the patient does not do very much all day due to a significant lag in motivation. This may also mean the patient has thoughts of suicide, or is contemplating ending his life due to some seemingly minor issue or problem.
Other symptoms of depression can include sudden weight gain or weight loss, and other physiological reactions to what is taking place in a patient’s brain chemistry. Depression can affect a patient’s outlook on life, as well as their work quality and their work in relationships and with their friends.
It is important to get symptoms of depression checked out by a certified medical professional, psychologist, or doctor. Treatment may include therapy or medication, but there are solutions to problems relating to depression. It is a significant condition, and one whose stigma must be overcome if we are to make progress on it, but it is neither a permanent condition nor terminal illness in patients.