Every one experiences sadness sometimes.
It’s important, however, to differentiate between sadness and a depressive disorder.
Sadness is usually circumstantial and should only be as intense or last as long as is appropriate for the situation.
Hallmark symptoms of a depression includes the above plus;
- changes in mood including irritability
- anxiety or hopelessness
- loss of interest in activities
- social withdrawal
- thoughts of suicide
- thinking or talking more slowly
- increased or decreased appetite
- physical aches and pain
When someone has a depressive disorder the symptoms:
- last for at least 2 weeks
- disrupt one’s work or relationships
Depression can be caused by:
- relationship issues including marital conflict
- neurotransmitter imbalance in the brain
- thyroid issues
- chronic physical conditions
- existential issues
- life transitions
- grief and loss
Treatments for depressive disorders include pharmacologic or botanical medicine and psychotherapy.
The most evidence based psychotherapy treatments for depression include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Behavioural Activation
- Interpersonal Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
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