The word depression is used to describe a variety of moodsfrom “feeling a little down” or sad to being overwhelmed, incapacitated and possibly suicidal. These mood changes or swings can be triggered by life situations or biochemical causes. Depression causesfeelings of hopelessness, despair, sadness and apathy.
Depression affects every aspect of the person’s being. Here are just some of the effects of depression:
Aloss of perspective.Depression distorts life and how we see ourselves. Depression perpetuates a negative pattern of thinking.
Changes the person’s physical activities and social involvement.A depressed person has little strength or desire to be involved in activities that once were of interest. Constant fatigue plagues the victim of depression.
Aloss of self-esteem.The depressed person develops and nurtures a negative self-image.
Withdrawalfrom othersat a time when support and encouragement are important.
An overwhelming needto escapeproblems, social situations and life as normal.
Over-sensitivityto what others say and do.
Difficulties in thinking, concentrationand decision making.Depressed people can’t focus and complain of muddled thinking and forgetfulness. They feel as if gloom and doom hang over them all the time.
Difficultiesin managing emotions and everyday situations.Depressed people are almost always frustrated and angry.
Feelings of guilt or regret….either real or imagined.
Creates a strongsense of dependencyupon others.