Today we know a lot more about depression as this disease is one of the common and dangerous mental conditions we can encounter in all societies and in all cultures. It is in fact, an across the board human situation which, in the last few years, significant achievements have been made.
The understanding of depression and the recognition that it was, in fact, a serious mental condition, has brought about many opinions and researchers to try and discover more about the causes for depression and the ways to try and combat it. The modern age, with psychoanalysis science and psychological research has discovered much about the human mind and spirit. One of the most significant processes were the discovery of mental conditions that do not constitute a state of permanent mental disorder. These diseases were actually more like viruses, almost anyone had the unfortunate statistical chance of “catching” it, and everyone needed to know more about it so they could try and avoid it.
Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that affects millions of people throughout the world. Also known as major depression disorder, clinical depression is experienced by various types of people in many different walks of life. Although most people experience a few bouts of sadness throughout their lives, clinical depression is more than just a case of the “blues”. It’s much more like a crashing force that does not let the person suffering from it to function properly, and sometimes even not function at all.
It is estimated that clinical depression affects about sixteen percent of the world population. Imagine people suffering form depression 200 years ago, even 500 years ago, without proper understanding of this condition, many people throughout history have been outcastes and rejected from society just because of a case of depression.
According to most studies, the average onset of a typical case occurs in the late 20s. Gender also plays a role; nearly twice as many females as males report or receive treatment for depression, though this difference seems to shrink after women reach the age of fifty, when most females have gone through menopause.
Depression is currently the leading cause of disability in the United States and is expected to become the second leading cause of disability worldwide in the next twenty years or so.
If you have ever seen a person that suffers from depression, then you are surely aware of the dangers or having this condition. Life, with all its wonderful attributes is unseen, and all that remains to a person with depression is the empty feeling of sadness. Something you can’t just “snap out of”. Even for a second, depression is a very serious thing, and we should all try to and know more about it.
There are many different signs and symptoms of depression. Some of these may include an overwhelming feeling of loss, anxiety, or pessimism, a rapid gain or loss in weight, disturbances in sleep patterns, fatigue, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies. It is advised that if you, or anyone you know, is experiencing these symptoms or symptoms similar to these, you should contact a mental health professional or support group. They may be able to help.