Depression manifests physically through stomach pains, headaches, disrupted or excessive sleep, and difficulty with motor control. While the causes of depression are unknown, a predisposition for it runs in families, and it can be triggered by trauma and adverse life circumstances. Depression is diagnosed more frequently in women and tends to display differently in women than in men.
People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall. Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other, and people with depression commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse alcohol and drugs or overeat to cope, causing them to develop other medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.
Depression is a mental illness that is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms, including:
Diagnosing depression involves a psychiatric evaluation and physical tests to determine whether a different disorder is causing a person’s symptoms. A person must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Every case is unique and requires individual attention, but there are several effective complementary ways of treating depression, including:
- Talk therapy
- Adopting a healthier lifestyle