It is ok to be moody once in a while but if you feel moody for a longer period of time then it could be depression.
It is a medical condition that is treatable.
A depressed person feels intense sadness that could disrupt daily activities
Lack of interest in life activities
Loss of weight / gain in weight
Loss of appetite /Comfort eating
Sense of worthlessness / hopelessness
Loss of sleep
Affects Daily Life
The physical and emotional problems in depressed people can upset their day-to - day activities, careers, interests and personal relationships.
They are also highly prone to suicidal tendencies and often talk of death or taking their own lives.
Who is at risk?
Depression is universal but in serious cases genetics and family history play a role.
Studies have shown that women are more prone to depression than men.
Depression and suicidal tendencies is also known to occur in children
People who have been through catastrophic events such as earthquakes or those who have experienced personal tragedies are prone to suffer from depression
Depression is believed to be caused by an alteration in the brain structure and an imbalance in the brain chemical called neurotransmitter
Depression - Causes
Post partum depression "baby blues" are experienced by many women soon after delivery. In some the condition is serious and they tend to neglect the new born
Seasonal changes lead to seasonal affective disorder(SAD) in some particularly in winter
Substance abuse, increased alcohol intake and medications are also known to cause depression
Diagnosing depression is usually done by discussing with the doctor the following -
The medical history of the condition
The severity of its symptoms
Nature of daily activities , with the doctor
Talk therapies for mild to moderate depression
Anti depressants for severe cases. These medications do have side effects
Electro convulsive therapy using electrical impulses for severe patients
Light therapy for SAD patients. During this treatment they are exposed to light of the required intensity for a period of time
Vagus - Nerve Stimulation
Pace maker for treatment - resistant depression.
This device sends electrical impulses to the brain and stimulates the vagus nerve. This produces the feel-good chemical and eases the patientís depression
Exercising is a Time-tested method to beat stress. While exercising
endorphins are produced which is a good antidote for depression. Exercising enhances self esteem. Even moderate activity is known to lower stress and produce sleep.
Keeping pets are also a considered a good way to counter loneliness and depression.
Depressed people are always not lonely but lonely people tend to be depressed. Make sure you network with people and stay in touch with friends and family. Join any class of your interest or join a support group