Seriousness of Depression

depression (1)Good afternoon Y’all! I hope your weekend is beautiful and going very well🌤! With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to continue sharing some additional information about what people can deal with! I also want y’all to never forget that one kind word to another can make a HUGE difference to that person’s day! ❤Love, acceptance and kindness can go a long way!

Depression, like all other illnesses does not discriminate and sadly affects people of all ages, ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds. Depression is more than just going through a rough patch in life or feeling sad, but can be quite debilitating. In fact, depression is the leading cause to disability in the United States among people between the ages of 15-44. You would never think that a child as young as 15 would experience depression, but it happens way more than we could imagine. In the United States alone 16 million American adults which are 7% of the population will or have experienced depression in their lifetime.Depression

What is the world causes depression for so many people? While there really is no known single cause for depression, but this may possibly occur from a series of events in life or even one major situation. Certain events in life can cause some, whereas chemical changes in the brain can cause others. Depression can be triggered by a life crisis or physical illness, but also can occur spontaneously.

Some factors scientists believe can contribute to depression are:

  • Trauma at an early age can cause long-term changes in the response to fear and stress
  • Genetics, mood disorders do tend to run in the family
  • Life circumstances such as marital status, relationships changes and financial standings can influence depression
  • Brain changes
  • Medical conditions
  • Drug and alcohol abuse. Approximately 30% if people with a substance abuse problem also have depression, which maybe these individuals were trying to self-medicate their struggles as that does happen quite frequently

There are numerous different types of depression one can experience, but I am only Depression-types-300x300going to touch on four of them: Major Depression, Persistent Depression, Manic Depression also known as Bipolar Disorder and Atypical Depression.

Major Depression is when a person is actually depressed most of the time for more days a week than not. Symptoms for Major Depression include:

  • Loss of interest of pleasure in activities
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Trouble getting to sleep or feeling sleepy during the day
  • Feeling restless, agitated or very sluggish and slowed down physical or mentally
  • Being tired and without any energy
  • Trouble concentrating or making decision
  • Thoughts of suicide

A doctor may diagnosis Major Depression if there are five or more of the symptoms I mentioned on most days for two weeks or longer.

Persistent Depressive Disorder is when the depression lasts two years or longer. This type is actually used to describe two conditions dysthymia and chronic depression. Dysthymia is a low-grade persistent depression and chronic depression is persistence of depressive symptoms for an extended period of time.

Symptoms for this type of depression are:

  • Change in appetite, either not eating enough or eating too much
  • Sleep too much or sleep too little
  • Lack of energy or fatigue
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Feeling of hopelessness

Manic Depression also known as Bipolar Disorder is another type of depression that so many people are living with. With this type of depression, a person can have mood episodes ranging from extremes of high energy, which is referred to as mania to low depressive periods, but they also have “normal” moods and energy in between. The mania part of this illness may involve long periods of sleeplessness along with Depressionhallucinations, psychosis or paranoid rage. The depressive episode can be very devastating and difficult to treat. Through studies there has not been any proof that antidepressants are beneficial for those with Bipolar Disorder, but a small percentage can actually increase risk for the high phases or speed up frequency of more episodes to occur.

Atypical Depression is specifier for either major or dysthymia depression. This is typically experienced first at an early age such as teenage years. This can be distinguished from melancholic depression because a person will see a mood improvement when something positive occurs, whereas with melancholic depression a positive event will seldom change the person’s mood. To diagnosis, a person will need to have at least two of the following symptoms to accompany the mood reactivity:

  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Increased appetite or weight gain
  • Intense reaction or increased sensitivity to rejection which can result in problems socially
  • Having a feeling of being weighed down, paralyzed or leaden which means dull, heavy or slow

In my opinion, people with depression often feel shame and do not feel comfortable talking to others about their struggles. I feel that it is incredibly important to never judge depression-quote-3-1-healthyplace_copiaanyone for what they are battling with in life, but we should all be accepting and offer our support❤! In some situations, depression can lead to suicide which I find extremely sad. Maybe if these people felt that they mattered and could confide in another, they would not have gone that route. Of course that is not always true as we really can not help someone who does not want help, but we can at least try to offer our compassion❤!

**Please note that I am NOT a physician or mental health professional. All the information I have shared with you is from my own research and experiences in life. So, please take this as advice not an official diagnosis for anything!**

Thank y’all from the bottom of my heart ❤for stopping by my site today. I hope you found this information valuable and offered you an understanding of what some have to deal with in life! Of course I will appreciate your comments and I will respond just as quickly as I possibly can. I hope you have  fabulous and beautiful day! As always, I am sending y’all LOTS of ❤love and comfort!

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Always, Alyssa

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Anxiety Illnesses are Real!

anxietyEveryone experiences anxiety in cases such as dealing with a problem at work, before taking a test or while making an important decision, which is all completely normal. When a person has an anxiety disorder it involves a lot more than just the temporary worry or fear. The fear and anxiety for a person that suffers with an anxiety disorder does not just go away, but can actually worse over time, which can be frustrating and scary. The feelings that are involved with anxiety can and does interfere with a person’s daily activities such as their job performance, school work and even their personal relationships.

There are several different types of anxiety disorders that I am will be elaborating on which include: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is one that causes people to feel anxious and worried most of the time and not just on specific stressful situations like most of us deal with. The worries these people have tend to be intense, persistent and interfere with their normal lives. The worries will relate to several aspects of everyday life including work, health, family, and/or financial issues, instead of just one issue at a time which can be extremely overwhelming for anyone! Minor things like household chores or being late for a meeting or appointment become the focus of the anxiety and can lead to uncontrollable worries and fears!

Panic Disorder is a term that is used to describe panic attacks that are recurrent and disabling. Several ways a panic attack disorder can be characterized?

  • Presence of reoccurring and unexpected panic attacks
  • Worrying for at least one month after having a panic attack that you will have another, but do not know when
  • Worrying about the implications or consequences of a panic attack
  • Significant changes in behavior that relate to the panic attack, such as avoid activities all together

panic attackWhile experiencing a panic attack the person will feel overwhelmed by physical sensations. A panic attack typically peaks within 10 minutes and usually lasts up to an hour and a half, which will leave the person feeling tired and just completely exhausted. Panic attacks can occur several times a day or if the person is lucky maybe once every few years. Each person with this disorder can experience it in different severties.

Panic attacks are actually very common as up to 40% of the population will experience one at some point in their life.

Common signs and symptoms of a Panic Attack are:

  • Sense of overwhelming panic or fear
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing as if there is not enough air
  • Feeling choked
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or feeling faint

Social Anxiety is also referred to as Social Phobia. Now we all can get nervous in social situations, especially when we are meeting new people or if we have to give a speech, but we somehow manage to pull through those uncomfortable situations. When people who have social anxiety are faced with similar situations it can lead to very intense anxiety, which can be extremely overwhelming. Even in the most ordinary everyday situations, people with social anxiety may fear of being judged, criticized, laughed at or humiliated in front of others.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often heard of when soldiers come home from war, but it can happen to anyone that has experienced a traumatic event in their life time. A traumatic event could be a car accident or another serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture or a disaster such as a fire or flood. After a traumatic event a person may feel intense fears, helplessness or horror. Even though anyone can develop PTSD after a traumatic event, people tend to be at a greater risk if the event involved deliberate harm such as physical or sexual assault or they had repeated traumatic experiences such as childhood sexual abuse, especially when done by someone they knew and were close to.

Word cloud for Obsessive-compulsive disorderObsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can create unhealthy patterns of behavior that may cause difficulties in normal daily functions. A person without OCD could be leaving their house to go to work or another type of outing and start thinking they left the lights on, which will cause them to go back inside to check the lights quickly. However, a person with OCD in the same situation will go back home to check the light, but feel they need to check the lights repeatedly before they are comfortable to leave again. 

There are various signs and symptoms of OCD that I am going to share with you.

  • Obsessive hand washing or household cleaning to reduce an overstated fear of contamination
  • Overwhelming need to perform tasks or place objects in a particular place or pattern
  • Repeatedly counting items or objects such as pavement blocks they are walking on
  • Obsessive fear about harm occurring causing them to repeatedly check windows and or doors to be sure they are locked

I would like to thank y’all for taking the time to visit my website today and I hope this information was a true benefit to you! As I said earlier in the month, May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I wanted to share as much information as I can about the different illnesses that people could be faced with. It is so important to be as understanding as you possibly can when dealing with people because you really never know what they are battling in their lives. 

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend and were able to do everything you wanted to do! Getting ready for a new week can be exciting to have new opportunities or it can be upsetting as you just do not want to go back to work! But, however you are feeling try finding the positive in what a new week can offer you! Remember good thoughts create good vibes for everyone!! As always I am sending you lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa