By: Jonathan E
Why does depression occur?
There is no single cause for depression. Many things play a role, including inherited traits from family members who may have had depression, or living in a difficult family or social environment. Depression can happen in reaction to difficult or stressful life events.
How does depression affect someone?
Depression affects more than a person's mood. It drains the energy, motivation, and concentration a person needs for normal activities. It interferes with the ability to notice or enjoy the good thing in life.
How is depression diagnosed?
Depression is diagnosed by a doctor who checks for any health conditions that may be causing symptoms of depression. Most people don't realize that they are depressed. Some people might mistakenly think of themselves as a failure, a bad student,a a quitter, a slacker, a loser, or a bad person.
How is depression treated?
Many people find that it helps to open up to your parents or other adults they trust. Simply saying something can be a good way to begin the discussion. If you think you might be depressed, ask your parents to arrange an appointment with a therapist. Friends and people who care about you can support you by listening and talking to you, keep you company, and give you complements. Some simple things have a powerful effect on mood. They include:
- Daily exercise
- Eating healthy
- Getting the right amount of sleep
Interesting notes or facts about depression
Depression can last for weeks, months, years, or in some cases, even longer.