Chronic Depression and The Misconceptions About It
If the current trend persists, depression, whether chronic depression or mild, would become the second most common mental health problem worldwide by the year 2020.
The common notion about depression
Depression has always been a word just tossed to and fro both by the laymen and people from the medical field alike. It's been popular to all ages beyond teenage, and is actually lightly attributed to just feeling down and sad. The core of its definition has been slightly ignored and it became a word not associated to a psychological disorder but rather a mere emotion.
Contrary to what most people think about it, depression isn't just a mood swing or an act that ladies throw when their guys dump them or when their parents scold them, or when people think they are going through the PMS dilemma. It should actually be associated to the neurons in a person's brain because there's more to it that people just doesn't know. Chronic depression is a term limited to two words, but its meaning runs deeper like the roots of men's emotions and intelligence.
The truth about chronic depression
Chronic depression, also means Dysthymia, is a situation wherein a person's mood becomes too low most of the time. A person begins to feel below his normal and usual mood. He begins to feel terribly and inexplicably helpless, hopeless and at some cases, sleepless. More of its symptoms include fatigue, inability to focus on things, decreased appetite, and poor self-esteem. It may be caused by numerous situations including abuse, pre-existing medical or psychological disease, medications, genetics, personal problems, death or loss of a loved-one and all other circumstances that may put down a person to his/her lowest point in life.
It’s all in the mind
There have been studies, which showed the difference between the brain of a person with chronic depression and with none. It was seen that a person with depression has a smaller hippocampus than that of a person without depression. This results to a very low supply of the neurotransmitter Serotonin, which is commonly known as the “happy neurotransmitter”. Decrease in its supply affects the mood of a person thereby making him/her feel sad, helpless or hopeless.
In summary, though it is true that chronic depression includes the emotions of a person, the underlying cause should not be forgotten. The organs involved, the medications taken, the neurotransmitters that are lacking, and the person's medical and psychological history, as this would further trace out the roots of the depression, should be taken into account when managing this condition.
Knowledge about chronic depression and its associated imbalance should gradually tell everyone that depression is not to be taken lightly at all times. There may be instances when depression should be dealt with just a smile, a shrug of the shoulders and a reassuring conversation, but there might also be instances when this should be seriously taken with proper precautions. Persons with chronic depression should be highly monitored for possible suicidal symptoms.
If there is one thing that should be greatly feared about chronic depression, it is its high association with DEATH and suicide.