Usually people get depressed when they are going through tough and unexpected life events, such as being diagnosed with severe illnesses, losing someone dear to them, going through a divorce and others. If you are depressed because of these events, you should know that this feeling of loneliness and sadness will disappear eventually.
However, there is a different type of depression when people feel anxious and irritated all the time. Such people can’t function well and perform their daily routines because depression controls every sphere of their lives.
If a person feels depression symptoms for more than 2 weeks, he can be diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Not only young people today get diagnosed with depression but this illness also affects kids and older adults.
The main signs that a person has Major Depressive Disorder include feeling empty and lonely all the time, being pessimistic about everything, losing interest in doing activities which he enjoyed doing before, feeling tired all the time, having sleeping and eating disorders. Because our minds are closely related to our bodies, a depressed person can also feel physical symptoms, such as stomach aches or headaches.
Depression affects our brain, which stops producing serotonin, which is a chemical that makes us feel happy and positive. The good news is that depression can be treated with medicaments and cognitive therapy. Thus, if you want to feel better, you need to seek professional help.