This video is less than 4 minutes, it is a great visual about depression.
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
I have suffered from depression since my grandmother died in June 2003. I did not take care of myself for years. Then 10 years later my mother had a heart attack and died. I was 8 weeks pregnant with her first grandchild. THIS TOOK ME OUT! I was done done. Her dying changed my entire life, my personality, the way I interact with people... my whole life changed. I then was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and anxiety. I was afraid of the diagnoses. I didn't want anyone to find out that my mind was sick. I developed PTSD after the passing of my mother. But guess what I didn't know it. I recently found out after a lot of therapy-- it makes sense how I was feeling and behaving. Then a little surprise came and his name is Reuben. Reuben was a good baby, but mommy had postpartum depression for a little over a year after his birth. (also embarrassing). I needed help, but this time I got the strength to talk to my doctor. This was life changing. I was prescribed some medicine to help with the depression and anxiety. So, now along with the meds, I also see a therapist and psychiatrist weekly. I want you to be encouraged and I want you to treat your brain like you would fix a broken limb. If you are or think you are depressed, talk to your doctor as soon as you can. Tell your story, get a customized treatment plan and keep pushing!
In females, depression is nearly twice as common among women as men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Below are some symptoms of depression that tend to appear more often in females:
Males with depression are more likely than females to drink alcohol in excess, display anger, and engage in risk-taking as a result of the disorder.
Other symptoms of depression in males may include:
If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:
Brandlyn Owens is passionate about exploring and educating herself and others about mental health topics. She's a momma of 2 kiddos and she resides in Durham, NC.