Most people one time or another may suffer from depression for a short period, and will describe their feelings as miserable, sad, down in the dumps or unhappy. However, true clinical depression is a serious illness whereby deep seated feelings of anger, sadness or frustration can last for weeks or longer to the point it affects one’s day to day living and lifestyle.
The exact cause for such depression is still not known, although professionals believe that chemical changes in the brain are responsible of which could be genetic in nature. Anyone can suddenly develop depression including teens and children which could be triggered by a stressful event or could be genetic if certain types of depression run in the family.
Clinical depression can be brought on by drug or alcohol abuse, medications such as steroids, insomnia, medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain or even thyroid conditions. Stressful life events such as child abuse, loneliness, death and relationship breakup’s can trigger depression. Such illness can distort your life, the way you see yourself and others around you. Cognitive therapy is a must as it teaches you how to deal with negative thoughts, and become more aware of your symptoms.
People with depression find it hard to solve problems in a positive manner and see everything in a negative manner. Symptoms include becoming isolated and withdrawn, irritability, agitation, fatigue, feeling worthless, guilty and self hate. Weight gain or loss, concentration problems, death or suicide thoughts and either sleeping excessively or experience trouble sleeping and other. Talk therapy is conducive as one can opt for counselling and talk about their feelings and thoughts, which will help you learn how to deal with them.
Problems with school marks, drugs or alcohol or both, behaviour problems can present in teens. Clinical depression with psychotic symptoms may present with delusions and hallucinations. Depression can be treated successfully with talk therapy, medications and cognitive therapy. After starting medications for depression teens and young adults should be closely monitored as they may display signs of suicidal behaviour.