Sep 29, 2010
Causes of chronic depression
Sadness, depression, chronic depression. Do you know difference between them? Sadness is a natural and temporary feeling. It does not last long, but it can result in depression. Depression is our response to traumatic events; it can last from 6 to 9 months and should be treated. And what about chronic depression? What about symptoms of chronic depression? If depression lasts longer than nine months, it is chronic depression. Its episodes go away only to return in a short time. This is a long-lasting mental disorder causing loss of interest in everything and interfering with our daily life. There is no much information about causes of chronic depression. It is known that heredity and sever stress contribute to its development. Imbalance of chemicals in our brains is one more contributor. Hormonal disorder, chronic fatigue, AIDS, chronic heart disorders, Parkinson’s disease are also among causes of chronic depression. It also happens when stresses are overwhelming, especially those ones people had in their childhood. If our brain lacks serotonin, it can result in chemical imbalance and as a result in this mental disorder. Serotonin is responsible for our feeling of well-being. Neurotransmitters produce chemicals transmitting signals between nerve cells. If we lack them, we can have moods. It is treatable thanks to drugs correcting imbalance of neurotransmitters. In case of chronic depression, such medical condition as double depression can be observed. It means people suffering from chronic depression can experience episodes of major depression.
Dysthymia is classified as a sub-type of chronic depression. It is quite common and women suffer from it more often than men. There are six symptoms of chronic depression. They are: very low levels of energy, feeling of helplessness, low self-esteem or despair, problems with sleep (oversleeping or insomnia), problems with concentration and appetite (its significant decrease or increase). If you feel at least two of these symptoms of chronic depression, you are better to see a health professional..................
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