Depression can be very deadly. I once wrote on this blog about a tragedy in Indonesia. Someone named Indra got suicided by recording his actions and uploading it on his personal facebook account. At first, people thought that this was just a joke, but they were surprised when Indra was actually found dead. The cause of this action was because Indra got depressed due to job loss and his wife was having an affair. Indeed, depression can be very deadly. This paper will address one type of depression that psychiatrists called clinical depression. This type of depression is also called major depressive disorder. Furthermore I will try to write about the signs and symptoms of major depressive disorder as well. May our knowledge grow on about this kind of depression.
Types of Major Depressive Disorder
Indeed, there are many types of clinical depression or major depressive disorder. Among them are Seasonal Affective Disorder, Psichotic Depression, Postpartum Depression, Melancholic Depression, Atypical Depression, and Catatonic Depression. In general, psychiatrists already know a lot about this mental illness. Therefore, the handling is generally successful as well. A source said whether the improvements are starting to feel after two to six weeks of therapy. The community stigmatization regarding major depressive disorder drastically also eases nowadays. Such as depression as general. This is also one of the factors why sufferers recover faster. That’s very different with bipolar sufferers like me for example.
Incidence of Major Depressive Disorder
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the incidence for major depressive disorder ranged from twenty to twenty-six percent. That figure was for women. As for men, the figure reached about eight to twelve percent. We got these figures for statistics in 2005. There were several reasons why the percentage of women sufferers were higher. Among them was because they have different hormonal cycles from the men. But both genders should remain vigilant about the possibility of suffering from this disorder. Therefore, knowing the signs and symptoms of major depressive disorder is very important.
Signs and Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder
We come now to the heart of the problem, what are the common signs and symptoms of major depressive illness. We do need to know to be more vigilant. But it should not be counterproductive. That is, easy to assess yourself suffering from this mental health illness. Like other mental health problems, only psychiatrists and clinical psychologists are authorized to make a diagnosis. They got the necessary education and training. Perhaps you just suffer from a mild stress. Therefore, do not hesitate to contact the nearest health service.
The common signs and symptoms of major depressive disorder are:
- Think negatively with the inability to see positive solutions.
- Inability to focus.
- Tattling to a loved one.
- Withdraw from loved ones and routine activities.
- Sleep more.
- Fatigue and lethargy.
- Nausea and thoughts of suicide.
- Drastic reduction or weight gain.
Treatments for The Sufferers
Basically, treatments for major depressive disorder suffer are identical with other mental health illness. Namely, with medicines and talk therapy. Psychiatrists can prescribe appropriate antidepressants and perform psychotherapy. People call this psychotherapy or sociotherapy with talk therapy. Just like any other mental health illness, the support group is also helpful for recovery. In general, treatment with electro-convulsive therapy is highly avoided in this major depression case. Proper treatment makes the signs and symptoms of major depressive disorder soon subside as well. And the patient can have their function normally again. Both as individuals and members of society.