I want to know the symptoms of a serious clinical depression.
A serious clinical depression is associated with a cluster of symptoms that may last from 1 week to more.
If you face these symptoms frequently or for a long a time, then you need to consult a qualified psychiatrist.
- Frequent sadness and loneliness
- Loss of interest and pleasure from activities you loved before
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Chronic fatigue
- Troubled sleep
- Loss of appetite
- Suicidal thoughts
- Irritability and frustration
- Loss of memory
- Troubled decision making
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
Is that true that oldies are more likely to have depression?
Not at all! Depression is not normal or confined to any age. Though it is true that old age is associated with higher number of stressors but one can deal with any kind of stressors very effectively with the help of support groups and therapies. On the other hand, it has been seen that at old age, people are more relaxed than their earlier times. But if unfortunately, they lose their partner, become financially weak or feel socially isolated; it is genuine to develop depression and poor health. If you are one of the senior citizen and feel that depression has attacked you, then talk to someone who can help or seek a meeting with a psychologist.
Do women lie at a greater risk for developing depression?
It is true that women have double chances of developing depression compared to men. However, this ratio exists regardless of any issue like racial and ethnic background or economic status of men and women.
How come depression creeps in teenage?
It has been identified that approx. 4 out of 100 teenagers get seriously depressed every year because of any reasons like class grades, infatuation problems, alcohol, drugs, behavioral problems, troubled relationships with family and friends. Teenage depression has become an issue of concern today if we really want to save our future generation.
What medications can help treat depression?
Wellbutrin with an advantage of not being associated with weight gain or sexual dysfunction but not suggested for people who are diagnosed with bulimia or anorexia nervosa.
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems and phobias.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, and Zoloft. Effexor and Serzone with comparatively lesser side effects