Depression

Let’s try to consider what we can know about a mental disorder such as depression.

 

You may have many questions such as: what are its symptoms, why does it happen, and to what extent can this disease lead to consequences.

First of all, people who are subject to this disorder often feel dejected or may have a constant feeling of alarm, fault, hopelessness, and despair. This state can last from several weeks to one year and longer, thereby destroying the mental well-being of the person from within.

The depression can be both short-term and chronic, and alternating periods of normal mood to periods of full apathy may occur. Sometimes the depression is caused by the change in seasons throughout the year.

People with depression may lose appetite or, on the contrary, might gain weight, overeating to try to distract themselves from the nervousness and stress that accompanies this condition.

 

The depression often arises in the setting of physical illness: people with more severe and/or multiple comorbidities are more likely to experience the symptoms of depression. Chronic diseases, excitability, obsessive-compulsive disorders, or schizophrenia can accompany a depressive episode as well.

All age groups are subject to this disease, but people over the age of 65 often experience more severe symptoms.

 

According to a World Health Organization report from 2015, there were about 300 million people worldwide with depression, which is about 4% of all population of the earth. Women are more subject to depression than men.

Quite often trauma, mistreatment, or other violent acts committed against the person can be the cause of depression.

There is a genetic factor that plays an important role in the development of this mental disorder.

A large number of daily stressors, such as the loss of close friends or family, financial problems, problems in work or work loss, chronic diseases, intake of drugs, alcohol abuse, epidemics, and economic and political shocks can become the catalyst for development of depression.

According to research, these and other stressors can cause a strong response by the person’s immune system which triggers inflammation in the brain that can as a result lead to depression.

At the Vadim Baram Inc. clinic, among other methods of treatment we offer cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy, which breaks down the problems suppressing the person into situations, thoughts, emotions, physical feelings, and actions, directed to a closure of the vicious circle of negative thoughts.

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