Some of the general signs of depression

Depression can be considered a condition that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It is a mental state where a person encounters an emotional state of melancholy, despair and guilt. This condition affects the way a person eats and sleeps, his emotions and feelings about himself, and the way or manner in which he faces his daily routine. This is not to be confused or considered as a passing phase of mood or a personal condition. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years.

The illness has no single cause. It is often a combination of various factors. Whatever be the causes the condition, it is not just a state of mind alone. It is related to certain physical changes in the brain, and connected to an imbalance of a type of chemical called neurotransmitters. Heredity, stress, trauma, weak physical conditions, schizophrenia, drug abuse, alcoholism are some of the common factors.

Not everyone who is suffering show symptoms. For some, the symptoms may be few and far between. Severity of symptoms varies with individuals, with regard to age, sex and even time. However there are some general symptoms shown by these persons. They are anxiety, hopelessness, pessimism, lethargy, insomnia, overeating, or in some cases loss of appetite, suicidal tendencies, restlessness, irritability inappropriate social behavior etc.

Depression is very treatable with a high percentage of success. Research and studies in this field have found out new means and medical procedures which can beat depression. It is always best not to go for self treatment or practices without the recommendations of a professional health consultant. Advanced anti depressant drugs, coupled with various forms of psychological therapy have proved to be very effective.

In spite of all the medical advances and high success percentage in the treatment of depression, it is to be understood that patience and support from the friends and relatives of the patient is what is most important. These are the confidence building tools and devices which will hold him in good stead. No matter what medical treatment or procedures are used, it is up to his dear ones to support and help him overcome this terrible situation.