Any person young or old, male or female can suffer from depression. Depression is increasing in all groups especially in the younger teenage groups. Women tend to suffer depression twice as frequently as men, and depression is estimated at around 42 per cent more common amongst children that have grown up with a parent that is depressed.
Depression has many causes. Day to day living has become increasingly stressful for some people, a higher divorce or separation rate, general break up of families, job security, changes in society, being too fat, too thin, perceiving oneself as unsuccessful.
Men tend to experience depression with a job loss, problems within the home, getting older and health problems. They often do not seek medical help or visit a therapist preferring to socialise with friends and drink increased amounts of alcohol to suppress their underlying anxieties.
Women suffering with depression can find it difficult to socialise, especially with young children. Feelings of being trapped in the home environment often increase. Menopause, weight gain and marital problems can all become possible negative attributes in life.
Depression is particularly common in people over 50 and it is estimated that one person in six will suffer depression during their lifetime, and one person in twenty will develop a clinical depressive illness. Depression in the mature individual where their children have left home whom they no longer see may believe that their life is over.
Some symptoms of depression
- Decreased energy and fatigue
- Difficulty making decisions
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Inability to obtain pleasure, social, sexual
- Inappropriate guilt
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss or no concentration
- Negative thoughts and feelings
- Over eating
- Pessimistic about the future
- Sleep problems
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
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