Depression is a complicated illness that can be very hard to detect unless you are looking for the right symptoms.
Did you know that over 15 million American's will suffer some type of depression this year, and that many of them will not even know that they have it, plus the startling fact is that only a third of those that do realize that they are affected, will ever seek treatment of any kind.
So why is it so hard to actually detect depression? Well the answer is relatively simple.
Many of the symptoms we associate with depression are problems we all experience from time to time; therefore it is not always easy to distinguish between what is perfectly normal, and what it a sign of danger.
We all feel sad and out of sorts at different periods of our life, as an example we may become a little shaken when we reach the age of 40, or even 50, as many who see this age, consider it as some milestone of reflection that causes us to ponder and evaluate our lives.
For many it may be depressing to some extent, but this does not mean that you are suffering from depression, as depression is not a feeling that will come and go for brief encounters of sadness.
Depression is consistent and constant, and will progress if not treated, and it can take years to get this illness under control if not caught or treated early.
Typical symptoms of depression can be irregular sleeping or eating habits, again this does not mean symptoms that last the weekend, but rather symptoms that are consistent over long periods of time.
Depressed individuals tend to recede into a shell, and they feel hopelessness and helplessness, but their feelings of loneliness and despair are constant and real to them, and they may want to reach out for help but cannot bring themselves to do so.
Many will find it hard to relate to those around them and where they once may have been the life and soul of the party, they may now be barely noticeable, and these are symptoms in the early stages.
When depression has progressed into later stages it begins to become apparent in their ability to be compatible with others around them, and many will find that their employment and/or educational activities will begin to be affected by their lack of communication and participation.
They find it harder to face others as well as themselves, and they see no hope or purpose for living, and even may begin to consider ending it all.
To avoid this unhappy result early detection is essential, and there is plenty of help available for those who suffer depression, and there are many effective means of treatment, some perfectly natural health remedies are available, which will get those suffering back onto the right track.
If you or someone you love, are experiencing lingering symptoms of depression, please consult a medical professional for an immediate diagnosis, and start to get the help you need.
Your life and the life of your friends depend apon it, so do something about it now.