Depression is a state of behaviour that can have a significant impact on an individual's thoughts, behaviour, feelings and physical well being. Depression is primarily resulted from bad memories or emotional disturbance from tumultuous times. When faced with depression, an individual suffers from mental effects such as feeling sad, empty, anxious, lack of motivation or sometimes even thoughts of contemplated suicide. Besides mental effects, depression might also take a physical toll on its victims. People who suffer from depression are usually in a bad state of health due to their adverse emotional disturbance. Physical effects like insomnia, fatigue and indigestion might also persist to those suffering from depression.
The mental and physical effects of depression might prove to be huge stumbling block to an individual's performance and self evaluation. One major implication of these effects would be the lost in self confidence of a person suffering from depression. Depression victims would normally lose their self esteem and isolate themselves from others, thus creating a social barrier between them and their peers. Depression can also change a person attitude drastically. A jolly cheerful person might change their attitude altogether when facing depression. Victims would usually just sulk alone and be gloomy all day long, with little interaction with others. Individuals suffering from depression might also face irregular sleeping patterns or sleep disturbances due to emotional matters attached to them. All of these might lead to severe deterioration of the victim's health and well being.
Emotional effects of depression might also have an adverse effect on an individual's performance. The negativity would carry over to an individual's handling of daily matters such as professions or other day to day activities. For example, a person suffering from depression would most likely suffer a significant drop in work performance due to hindrance from depression. Besides work performance being affected, they might also lose interest in their hobbies and personal interest matters.
There are several notable types of depression. The primary type of depression would be major depression. This form of depression is one of the most common. Individuals suffering from major depression carry a significant amount of emotional burden upon them. They appear to lose interest in regular activities and will always appear to be in a hopeless state. Atypical depression is a milder form of major depression where the victim is sometimes able to experience moments of happiness and joy. Victims believe that outside events control their mood and this condition might last for several months or in some extreme cases, forever. Besides these primary forms of depression, there are also other forms of specific depressions. Psychotic depression is when victims begin to suffer hallucinations from schizophrenia. These hallucinations are generally overwhelmed with negativity. Dysthymia is a condition when the person is unaware of their depressed state and goes on their daily lives without being aware of their emotional instability. They might go through life feeling dejected, dissatisfied and unimportant. Manic depression is an emotional disorder characterized by shifting moods from depression to mania. Victims who suffer from manic depression are more prone to suicidal tendencies.
Generally, there is no specific cure for depression. People suffering from depression must be dealt with accordingly before they hurt themselves or cause grievance to others. Appropriate medical treatment should be provided to the needy and in some extreme cases; appropriate psychological guidance must be shown to those who seem lost.