Major Depression

Ashlyn Knutson

Definition

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. This illness involves the body, mood, and thoughts.

Causes

  • Chemical Imbalance in the brain
  • Stressful life events
  • Changes in hormone production
  • seeing something life-changing and scary
  • being abused or assaulted
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Symptoms

Depression can lead to a range of emotional and physical condition. It can also include an inability to sleep or concentrate, changes in appetite, decreased energy level and thoughts of suicide.

Remedies

  • One remedy is called electroconvulsive therapy. This is when electrical currents are passed through the brain. This remedy is thought to impact the function and effect of neurotransmitters in your brain and typically it usually offers immediate relief of severe headaches and depression.
  • Another remedy is called transcranial magnetic stimulation. This is when you sit awake in a reclining chair with treatment coil placed on your scalp. The coil sends magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the brain that are involved in mood regulation and depression.
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Places you can reach for help

  • Your first option is to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
  • Other options are to contact groups such as the "National Alliance on Mental Illness" and "To Write Love on Her Arms". The groups both provide lists of resources and ways to find help for depression.
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