Depression among Teenagers

Depression is probably one of the most serious evils encountered by teenagers. Teenage depression often goes unrecognized and thus untreated because of the very fact that teenage itself is marked by rapid mood swings, histrionics and dramatic reactions.
The conditions listed above typically last for some hours or a day. But when the abnormal behavior persists for 2 weeks or more, your teenager is definitely depressed.
Teenage depression has the following symptoms,
• Feeling sad, guilty and worthless
• Frustration, anxiety and rage
• Being isolated socially
• Feeling tired and fatigued without doing anything
• Aches and other medical ailments that do not respond to medicines
• Being suicidal
Different factors can trigger or develop depression in teenagers.
First of all is the teenage itself. The teens have to understand the physical and the psychological changes related to puberty and developing hormones. They have to figure out their identity and place in the society.
Sometimes they have to go through their parents’ separation or their own break up with all those raging hormones and various confusions about themselves.
Any other disturbing event such as death of a relative or even a pet can also cause acute depression. Physical imparities or illness can also lead to depression.
Teenagers can respond differently to depression but generally the consequences of teenage depression could be fatal. Some can succumb to drug abuse, while others can indulge into self injuries or even attempt to suicide. Mild responses to depression can cause eating and sleeping disorder. Researches have shown that many teens have even tried to run away from home in depression.
Teenage depression can be healed only by the help of a professional therapist, understanding parents and teachers and helping friends. Teenagers are our future. If we understand and treat them properly today, we are ensuring a good future for ourselves.

Depression in Children

Recently depression has been recognized as one of the psychological ailments that need proper treatment to cure. People from all age groups suffer from that, yet it is hard to believe that children suffer from it too.
Depression among children usually goes unnoticed or unrecognized because usually it has different reasons compared to our “stressful events”.
The major symptoms of a child depression include
• Feelings of hopelessness and sadness
• Mood changes
• Being socially shy
• Increased or decreased sleep or appetite
• Low concentration
• Tiredness and complaints about “aches” which do not get cured by medicines
Fortunately there are a very low percentage of children who suffer acute depression but unfortunately this percentage is on the rise. Different factors can contribute to a child’s depression. Most common of them are disturbed life events and depression genes. Others can include some physical disability, parents’ conflicts and social pressures. This is now scientifically proved that depression genes are passed from parents to children. If any of the parents have depression record, their children are much vulnerable to be depressed.
One easy way to know if a child is depressed or not, is to look out if some or all of the symptoms of child depression are present, if these persist for longer than a week then it is not good news. The child definitely is depressed. In that case the first thing to do is to consult a professional therapist.
Treatments for depressed children differ from the treatments for the adults. They range from counseling to prescribe medical courses. Input from the child’s parent, teachers, friends and relatives is a very important part of the diagnosis and treatment.
Though a lot of research is put into the effectiveness of the use of anti depressants in children; the counseling sessions remain the better option. Usually children do respond to counseling but in severe cases, medicines are prescribed.
As a parent your duty is not only to recognize that your child has depression but also to seek professional help. Denying that a child has depression and refusing to seek medical advice can have fatal consequences. You don’t only risk the mental and physical health of a child but also put his/her life at stake.
So seek mental advice now. Have a healthy child. Have fun parenting.

Depression in the elderly

Depression is one of the many troubles that elderly face. That is a vulnerable age and elderly people easily fall prey to depression. Depression in elderly often remains unnoticed because most of them are hesitant in seeking professional advice.
Depression of elderly age differs from depression of any other age group. Its symptoms include
• Feelings of sadness and worthlessness
• Tiredness and fatigue
• Loosing interest in daily activities
• Refusal to engage in some hobby
• Refusing to meet friends, relatives and other people
• Decrease in appetite
• Decrease in weight
The elderly people when depressed may develop several or many of the following symptoms.
There could be one of these or multiple causes that can lead the elderly to sink into depression.
Being lonely
Often the elderly people are left isolated in life. This happens when either they loose mobility due to physical ailments or because they have lost the nerves to face traffic.
Feelings of worthlessness
Often they feel worthless because of retirement from job or business and limited mobility.
Physical problems
Often the old age is marked with various ailments or poor general health condition. This also can make elderly people depressed. Also medicine intake can reduce the mood enhancing hormones.
Anxiety and grieves
Many elderly people have experienced death of a spouse, relatives or close friends. This can lead them into depressions, which are aggravated by their own fears of illness and death.

One can help an old depressed parent or relative in several different ways. It can simply be combated by spending quality time with them. Invite them over to lunch or dinner or go to their place to cook with them. Remember their birthdays and anniversaries. Buy them small gifts or just wish by custom made cards. If your elderly relative is acutely depressed your can help a lot by trying to convince him/her to seek professional advice and treatment.
A little effort from your side can not only help your elderly loved one to cope with depression but would also give you infinite happiness and sense of achievement.

Fighting with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Something strange happens during the winter. You feel blue, gloomy and empty inside. Life looses its meaningfulness and charm uphill spring arrives, when the sun is brightly shining. You might be suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder or more popularly known as SAD.
SAD is internationally recognized phenomenon that affects people all over the globe. It is a type of depression; the individual suffering from it may exhibit one or all of the following symptoms
• Pessimism
• Increase in sleep and appetite
• Weight gain
• Feeling tired or fatigued all the time
• Lack of interest in daily activities and social life
A research shows that usually people already going through some form of depression usually suffer from SAD.
SAD can also have a reverse seasonal pattern i.e. some people show these symptoms during summers. It is known to be caused when time and amount of two mood influencing chemicals, serotonin or melatonin, produced by our brains is somehow altered. Other than moods these chemicals also influence our sleep duration and wake up timings. The production of these two chemicals is also a direct function of the amount of sunlight.
Vigorous research is put into why some people are prone to SAD while others are not. The results indicate that as with all other forms of depression and other illnesses, the sensitive people are more likely to fall prey to SAD. Also if both or one of the parents have a SAD history, the child is more likely to catch SAD compared to children with parents who don’t have a SAD history.
A good thing is that SAD typically lasts for 1 or 2 months only. Nevertheless it needs treatment. Leaving it unchecked can lead to severe form of SAD or even some other form of depression, disturbing your life further.
Though there are many “natural” and “home remedies” which might be possibly good solutions. it is highly recommended that you consult a certified medical specialist in order to insure that you don’t wind up doing some form of harm to yourself. Remember that the doctor is the best person to help you in the battle against any form of the menace known as depression.

How to beat depression effectively

The thing about depression is that it’s rather difficult to beat on an individual level; you need the support and help of your loved ones when it comes to dealing with depression. In this small article I’ve penned down some of the best solutions when it comes to the how to on beating depression effectively.

One of the primary ways of defeating the menace known as depression is to start looking at life from a positive outlook, try looking at life from another level, and learn how to view the daily scenes from a different perspective. For example, when you look outside on a rainy day, don’t think of it in a negated manner. Think of it as an opportunity to enjoy the cold and calm. Learn to relax as the weather progresses.

Enlist the support of your loved ones, and this isn’t just limited to family either. Your loved ones include your friends that special someone whoever it may be in your life, as well as the people you generally talk to. Tell them about your problems in calm and collected manner so that you can effectively deal with any problems that you might be facing.

Finally make sure that you consult your physician at all times, the reason why I’m suggesting this is that your physician is also certified to deal with depression. Remember that he/she did not spend 5 years in medical school learning nothing. They’ll be able to properly asses your situation and accordingly provide you with the required medication and for that matter the most suitable therapies that you’ll need when it comes to dealing with depression.

At the end of the day, make sure that you do take a look outside every now and then from a different level this’ll help you deal more effectively with the bout against depression. With that I’d like to wish you good mental health!