Depression is a mood disorder that causes feelings of intense sadness, despair, and worthlessness in those affected. Mood disorders are psychological illnesses that either elevate or lower one’s mood to extreme levels. Having depression is not the same as simply being temporarily sad. Depressed people almost constantly feel pessimistic, hopeless, anxious, fatigued, and uninterested in normally preferred activities. They may also repeatedly consider committing suicide.
Depression can be caused by physiological, psychological, or environmental influences. The condition is treated generally with psychotherapy, or talk therapy, and medications. Each of these methods, or a combination of both, can alleviate symptoms of depression and help patients fully recover from their condition. Once recovered, individuals can attempt to prevent themselves from becoming depressed...Read more