Every individual feels sad and, in fact, it is quite normal to feel sad at times. However, if sadness lasts for prolonged periods, it can be a concern as sadness is one of the symptoms of depression. But this does not mean a person who is sad has to necessarily be depressed. Many a times, sadness is misinterpreted as depression. Feeling sad and being depressed are two entirely different states of mental health. Continue reading
Some people are always happy, no matter what the situation is, while a few others need just a small trigger to be clouded by depression. It is a fact that happiness breeds good physical and mental health, while depression can be a precursor to serious illnesses in later days. Continue reading
Owning mobiles is common among students these days. They carry their devices everywhere, including the college campus. A recent study at the University of Illinois, United States, tried to understand how compulsive use of mobiles affected the mood and mental health of users.
It has been observed that teens are developing psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, in a higher number these days. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the age of developing psychotic disorders or schizophrenia is around 17. Around 30 to 40 percent of prodromal symptoms among teens – those showing warning signs – may lead to schizophrenia or any other psychotic disorder. It further stated that about 25 percent of such teens continue to experience mild symptoms without getting worse, while around 35 percent get better with adulthood. Continue reading
Depression is an all-encompassing, life-changing mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2013, an estimated 15.7 million adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the prior year – that’s 6.7 percent of all U.S. adults.
Unless a person has actually experienced clinical depression, it can be difficult to imagine how the condition affects daily living. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, depression has a list of specific symptoms that include: Continue reading
It’s difficult to imagine how it feels to be suffering from major depressive disorder; most people think it’s perhaps a magnified sort of sadness. Cynthia Lubow, M.S., MFT, described the condition as follows: “Major depression feels like intense pain that can’t be identified in any particular part of the body. The most (normally) pleasant and comforting touch can feel painful to the point of tears. People seem far away, on the other side of a glass bubble. No one seems to understand or care and people seem insincere. Depression is utterly isolating.” Continue reading
Depression does not discriminate based on race, gender or occupation. Any individual can develop symptoms of depression, sometimes never overcoming the mental health condition. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America profiled “Marc,” a man who struggled immensely with depression. While Marc attempted to function in society, depression continuously made life difficult.
Depression is an all-encompassing disease that can happen to any person at any time. Contrary to popular belief, depression presents physical symptoms as well as emotional ones. It is not simply a temporary feeling of sadness, but a potentially long-term debilitating condition. People with depression lose interest in pursuits that formerly brought pleasure and may isolate themselves from friends and family members to avoid social interaction. Expecting a person to “snap out” of depression is comparable to asking a person on crutches to start walking again. Continue reading