Depression is a mental illness that affects millions of people worldwide. Modern society has a lot to offer in terms of treatment, but this particular disorder is often overlooked by friends and family or the symptoms of depression ignored by the affected individual.
In addition to this, there can be a great amount of confusion relating to mood disorders in general. Some may believe they are perfectly fine, but could benefit from therapy and/or medication. The key for the person suffering is to be honest with themselves about the symptoms they are experiencing and to talk about those symptoms with other people. This is the first step toward recovery.
Depression and Sleep
Often in life, when people are going through more challenging periods, sleep will be affected. For the depressed individual, sleep can be either abundant or absent, depending on the severity and type of depression.
For example, some more deeply depressed individuals could have trouble even pulling themselves out of bed in the mornings. Sleep can be an escape mechanism and an easier alternative than facing what will feel like an overwhelming world.
Conversely, some depressed people can also suffer from insomnia. One symptom of depression is the inability to relax. This is characterized by constant movement, constant thought and the inability to calm down for sleep. If someone is experiencing a loss of sleep, or the inability to get out of bed, coupled with a general feeling of malaise, it may be wise to seek help for depression.
Mood Control, SSRIs and Depression
A theory on the cause of depression is a slight malfunction in the brain in which the neurotransmitter, serotonin, is used up too quickly. This is thought to affect mood.
The depressed individual does not have enough serotonin in their system to maintain moods, often experiencing sudden drops in happiness or irritability without an apparent cause. This is a biological condition that can be treated with what are called SSRIs, or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. These drugs will enable more serotonin to stay present in the system, enabling more control in relation to mood.
If someone is experiencing what they think is unexplained anger or sadness, this could be related to a biological depression and might be remedied with the use of SSRIs.
Depression and Low Self-Esteem
Yet another symptom of depression is low self-esteem. In this case, the individual will have a very low opinion of themselves, but may not know it or understand why. This can lead to self-destructive behavior, such as over-eating, alcohol or drug abuse as well as violence. These symptoms can be examples of an escapist mentality, in which the depressed person will do anything to distance themselves from the way they feel on a daily basis.
Although it is hard to explain why a person might have low self-esteem, it is possible that its presence helps to account for the depression. In this case, a vicious circle is possible, in which the depression feeds the low self-esteem and the low self-esteem feeds the depression. Improvements in confidence and self-respect are huge areas of concern for someone who is suffering from depression.
Recovery from Mood Disorders
There are a number of options available for treatment. The best is thought to be a combination of talk therapy and medication. With a more stable mood, the individual can see more clearly and by talking with someone, be able to better analyze the source of their depression and take measures to counter it. However, the hardest step toward recovery is going to be that initial step.
Admitting there is a problem is very challenging for a lot of people. However, once this first step is made, improvements are rapid. Understanding and admitting that one is experiencing symptoms of depression are a vital first step to seeking a treatment for depression.