Depression is a
psychological condition that changes how you think and feel, and also
affects your social behavior and sense of physical well-being. We have
all felt sad at one time or another, but that is not depression.
Sometimes we feel tired from working hard, or discouraged when faced
with serious problems. This too, is not depression. These feelings
usually pass within a few days or weeks, once we adjust to the stress.
But, if these feelings linger, intensify, and begin to interfere with
work, school or family responsibilities, it may be depression.
can affect anyone. Once
identified, most people diagnosed with depression are successfully
treated. Unfortunately, depression is not always diagnosed, because
many of the symptoms mimic physical illness, such as sleep and appetite
disturbances. Recognizing depression is the first step in treating it.
two-thirds of depressed people do
not get proper treatment:
symptoms are not recognized as depression.
people are seen as
weak or lazy.
stigma causes people to
avoid needed treatment.
symptoms are so disabling
that the people affected cannot reach out for help.
symptoms are misdiagnosed
as physical problems
symptoms are treated,
rather than the underlying cause.
depression is a very common
psychological problem, and most people never seek proper treatment, or
seek treatment but they are misdiagnosed with physical illness. This is
extremely unfortunate because, with proper treatment, nearly 80% of
those with depression can make significant improvement in their mood
and life adjustment.