REALITY CHECK !! DEPRESSION HAV U EVER BEEN A VICTIM TO IT?

@543210 (162)
India
October 12, 2006 8:29am CST
Sadness is not depression. Sad is when you miss someone; depressed is when you lose 20 pounds from malnutrition and don’t get out of bed for two weeks. Periodically feeling disappointment or sorrow, even to the point of missing work or losing a night’s sleep, is normal and natural. But depression is distinctly different and clearly defined. The primary criteria include disturbance in sleep patterns; loss of appetite; difficulty concentrating and making decisions; loss of energy; poor self-image; and dwelling on suicidal thoughts. Depressive people exhibit several of the symptoms persistently for prolonged periods (two weeks and longer), to the point where routine functioning is impaired. Depressed people have more vulnerable immune systems. Depression is a form of stress, and stress has been demonstrated to compromise the body’s ability to ward off disease. This is one of the most overt examples of the mind’s impact on the body’s health. It may also explain why so many elderly people, despondent at the loss of a spouse, pass away within months of their wife or husband. Manic depression is more than a severe case of depression. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is characterized by swings from euphoric, incredibly energetic highs (mania) to catatonic lows. The moods tend to change with the seasons and can sometimes be treated with a stabilizer such as lithium. Genetics play a significant role in susceptibility, and a disproportionate percentage of people with the disease are highly intelligent. Changing diet and lifestyle can accomplish the same ends as antidepressants. As far as it is currently understood, depression results from a disturbance in neurotransmitters, the chemicals that carry messages between nerve cells in the brain. Some people are able to correct the imbalance with high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets, stress reduction and exercise. Sunlight is also a proven mood enhancer. Antidepressant drugs correct the same problem synthetically. Women are twice more likely than men to have depressive episodes. A study released in November 2005, the first of its kind, found that 8 percent of Americans—an estimated 17 million adults—met the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for depression in 2004. Twice as many women reported depressive episodes, and 70 percent of them sought help (compared to 52 percent of men). Need a Reality Check? DICUSS more on Health & Fitness:
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• United States
14 Oct 06
Yes... I have been A victim of Depression.. And I have to say that I am still the victim of it.. I hate it... But it seems once it happens to you... It becomes like A rollar coaster ride... You finally recover from the sick feelings of dropping so fast.. Then you drop all over again.. Then the sick feeling comes back.. I can never seem to escape my depression.. I try to..But I cannot. I have people who try to help.. But it seems the more they try.. The more I become depressed.. I hate the feeling.. I hate how it makes me think.. I hate what it makes me do.. I hate how it makes me want to kill myself.. I hate that it has made me hurt myself.. I hate that it has made me hurt others.. I hate everything about it.. It seems like I will never escape.. But somehow I am still fighting it.. But it seems to slowly be defeating me.. Mentally killing me.. And I am about ready to give in to it.. I am not for sure how much more I can take.. And it wasn't to long ago,That I had to be in rehab.. For slitting my wrist. And overdosing.. And trying to kill myself.. And having so many problems.. But that did not help.. It only made it worse. And it gave me A major attitude problem.. I do not hardly trust anyone anymore.. I am afraid I will be hurt.. Or I will be sent off again. And forced to go somewhere. Especially if I tell someone how I really feel.
• United States
14 Oct 06
I do all of that..People say I walk to much as it is,and I have talk to alot of the people that I care for,and that I know care for me,but that does not seem to help..I also have A yahoo account...And that don't help either...When I tell people,and try to get help.They just forget about it,Because I have A lot of problems..And I listen to music 24/7..Nothing seems to help anymore,Accept that horrid knife,and razor..But I have managed to stop for the most part..Atleast I am still hanging on...
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• United States
14 Oct 06
depression can make you gain weight as well. You eat to feel better. Food becomes your support etc.
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@543210 (162)
• India
14 Oct 06
yaah i left out these points thnks for adding them
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• United States
14 Oct 06
Not for me...It didn't make me gain weight at all..People now say I have an eating disorder....Which I don't think I do...But some people say I do.
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• United States
15 Oct 06
be very glad it did not happen to you. By all means it does happen.
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@netizen (534)
• India
14 Oct 06
Good explanation about depression. Nice post and appreciated!
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@543210 (162)
• India
14 Oct 06
thnks netizen had to collect a lot info
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@543210 (162)
• India
14 Oct 06
thnks netizen had to collect a lot info
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@aquarian83 (1944)
• United States
12 Oct 06
good piece of info but hv nevr been a victim to it... thankgod
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@543210 (162)
• India
12 Oct 06
hey thnks aquarian83 it was nice of u to appreciate but i hav seen ppl close to me undergo it so please pass the info to ppl around to extend a helping hand to me .God bless u .
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• United States
12 Oct 06
yeah would surely do so... sorry fro u.. seeing ppl arnd u having depression is depressing in itself... me too have seen many ppl suffering from this thing ...
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@bhchy1 (6052)
• United States
14 Oct 06
Depression is a real illness and requires treatment..many peole can live without treatment and not get sucidal. but they live a life where they can accomplish nothing and close themselves off from the world..Better to seek treatment and medicinal help.
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• United States
14 Oct 06
I have to agree with bhchy1.... I am diagnosed as Bipolar which is explained above as Manic Depression... Also post traumatic STress disorder, Panic Disorder. Without meds I wouldnot be a functional person. SInce I have been on meds I have been stable except during med changes. I recommend anyone with any of the above to get professional help ASAP. It took years to find out what was wrong and I did so much damage to myself and relationships in my life that I can not go back and make amends. Now I am a stay at home Mom and off of meds because of a possible 2nd child coming. But you can be sure after I have my 2nd child I will be back on my meds so I can be stable and productive!
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• United States
14 Oct 06
yes i've been a vitim it was so bad that i started cutting myself but im better now thank god
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