Most people have felt depressed at some point in their lives. But what exactly is depression and how does it differ from simply feeling sad? Well, for starters you must have felt depressed for at least two weeks in order for it to be considered a medical disorder and your depressed state must significantly impede your ability to play, love and work. Depression is difficult to diagnose as the symptoms are less visual than with other diseases.
Typical symptoms for depression are; a loss of energy, low mood, sluggishness, poor concentration, feelings of worthlessness, change in appetite, change in sleeping patterns, restlessness, thoughts of suicide and loss of interest in things you would normally enjoy. For a person to be diagnosed with depression, they must have at least five of these symptoms according to psychiatric guidelines.
There may also be physical symptoms too, as many people who suffer from depression have a smaller frontal lobe and hippocampus. It is also well known for causing serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine (these are the happy hormones) levels to decrease and will also alter your REM and slow wave sleep cycle as well as lead to high cortisol levels and cause irregularities in thyroid hormones.
Over three hundred million people suffer from depression worldwide annually. It affects people regardless of race, gender, sexuality or socio-economic background. So, if you are depressed, don’t feel alone. It is the most common as well as least treated mental disorder out there. If you suspect that you are suffering from depression, please seek help at your local psychotherapist or book a session online with our life-coach.
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Philip Andersson – Life Coach
Philip Andersson is a life-coach who is currently studying to become a psychotherapist. He treats people suffering from phobias and anxiety as well as people who are depressed. Having been raised in Hong Kong and having lived in England and Japan as an adult, Philip also treats people who are overcome with feelings of displacement and rudderlessness associated with a global-nomad lifestyle such as Third Culture Kids, Cross Culture Kids, Migrants and Asylum Seekers.