Depression is an illness that causes a persistent Feeling of Unhappiness And A Gloomy Mood. This condition affects how a person feels, thinks or behaves, resulting in a host of emotional and physical problems. Patients often have difficulties in doing normal day-to-day activities.
What Causes this Illness?
- It has been postulated that depression occurs due to the imbalance of some naturally occurring chemicals in the brain. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters and are linked to mood.
- People having traumatic experiences during childhood, like the loss of a parent, are more likely to develop this condition.
- People, who have experienced stressful life events, like the death of a loved one or financial problems, are more prone to suffer from depression.
- People suffering from serious illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart diseases and HIV/AIDS are at risk of suffering from this ailment.
- Certain personality traits, such as having a low self-esteem and being pessimistic or overly dependent, are commonly associated with this disorder.
- Abuse of alcohol, nicotine and other illicit drugs can increase the chances of developing this illness.
- Patients may suffer from this disease due to the side effects of some medicines like antihypertensive drugs, sleeping pills and anti-convulsion drugs.
- Folate and vitamin B12 deficiency are commonly associated with some symptoms of this disease.
Researchers have identified some factors that can increase the risk of triggering depression and they are as given below:
- Breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend
- Being neglected during childhood
- Failing a class
- Social isolation (more common in the elderly)
- Job loss
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Depression?
- Loss of pleasure in any activity
- Change in weight
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Considering oneself a loser
- Loss of energy
- Becoming withdrawn or isolated
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of helplessness
- Guilty feeling
- A constant feeling of emptiness or a vacuum in life
- Loss of interest in sex
- Difficulty in remembering details
- Difficultly in making decisions
- Angry outbursts
- Slowed body movements
- Crying spells without any apparent reason
How to Manage Depression
These symptoms of depression can be controlled easily by making use of Lexapro, a powerful antidepressant. It is also used for the management of anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and panic attacks. The main ingredient of this drug is Escitalopram. It works by interfering with the uptake of some neurotransmitters by the nerves in the brain.
The usual recommended dose of Lexapro is 10 to 20 milligrams, once everyday. Patients can contact a doctor to learn more regarding this medicine.
Depression is not just a bout of blues; nor is something that can be simply ‘snapped out’ of mind and life. It is a chronic illness that requires long-term treatment with efficient medicines like Lexapro coupled with goal-oriented psychotherapy, counseling and talk therapy.
John Charles is a content writer and blogger from New York, the man behind writing health articles on diseases, condition, effective treatment and medications for Canadian Drug Saver Blog. Also a health consultant.