Mid-life Depression is much more than just Feeling Sad!
"Appreciating the agony of depression, even if only intellectually, helps people be less judgmental, more accepting, and more available to those wrestling with this insidious disease."
The Peace of Mind Prescription
If you are mentally healthy you will be happy and enjoy
your life, you will have a good sense of humour. You are
able to adjust to peoples’ differences of opinion; you’ll
be creative. In events most displeasing you know how to
adjust and to do something about it. The challenge
begins when you cannot do so anymore!
The predominant characteristic of any depression –
whether mild-moderate, major or dysthymia are the mood
The level-degree of the mood disturbances,their
behavioural impact and the ability to function in the
day to day life are one of the signs that can determine
your type of depression
whether mild-to-moderate, major
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS COMMON TO ALL
MILD TO MODERATE DEPRESSIONS
Your mental, physical and emotional energy has
dropped to low for an extended period of time –
(minimum 2 weeks to even months).
Changes in your eating and sleeping habits. You either gain or loose weight -(5% of normal weight.) Excessive fatigue because of moods, insomnia
or excessive sleep. you feel
agitation or restlessness Experiment
major difficulties performing mental tasks such
Thinking clearly and rapidly
Concentrating on a task
Retaining new knowledge
Recalling previously stored information
Viewing events from multiple perspectives
You become excessively sensitive to rejection and criticism you feel the need for isolation.
Major depressions ( also identified as manic depression or bi-polar.)
Patients suffering of major depressions may experiment psychotic features such as:
Intense euphoric "highs"
The American Psychiatric Association of National Institute of Mental Health’s describes major depression: “as exaggerated emotional states that interfere with our mental wellbeing and ability to function. “
People will be triggered with:
More energy than usual
Very little sleep
Over inflated self-esteem
These patients may often require hospitalization; in most
cases they cannot function at their usual level and request
the need for medications or medication adjustments.
«Dysthimia is a chronic condition of depressive symptoms –
most of the day, more days than not, for a period minimum
of two years.» The person experiments significant distress
or impairment in his or her social occupational functioning
as a result of mood disturbance. Low self-esteem, poor
social skills, pessimism and sleep disorders are
I quote this journalist’s experience to help you visualize
the impact dysthimia may have on an individual’s every-day
"If we think of major depression as a spectacular brain
crash, milder depression can be compared to a form of
mind-wearing water torture. Day in and day out it grinds
us down, robbing us of our will to succeed in life, to
interact with others, and to enjoy the things that
others take for granted. The gloom that is generated
in our tortured brains spills outward into the space
that surrounds us and warns away all those who might
otherwise be our friends and associates and loved ones.
All too frequently we find ourselves alone, shunned by
the world around us and lacking the strength to make our
As the number of people suffering from depression increases
not enough public awareness is made and myths continue to
circulate in the minds of citizens. It increases the
difficulty of sufferers to confide in others about their
Peace of Mind Prescription -
Authoritative Guide to Finding the Most Effective
treatment fo Anxiety and Depression by Drs
Dennis S. Charney, M.D., charles B. Nemeroff, M.D,Ph.D,
and Stephen Braun
Real Life - Preparing for the 7 most
Challenging Days of Your Life by Dr. Phillip McGraw,Ph.D.
Diagnosing signs and symptoms will bring the right therapy for your type depression
Diagnosing signs and symptoms will bring the right therapy for the healing of your type of depression.
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