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How Should We Define Depression?

Defining depression can be a bit tricky at times.

There’s a lot of misinformation floating around on the topic.   Is it just a temporary state of mind that makes you feel “a little blue,” or sad?” 

Is it just "all in your head?" 


Depressed woman looking at the rain.Depression is a real illness that affects about 20 percent of women in the U.S. If you have depression seek help! If you don't know if you have depression, get diagnosed and get proper treatment.
Depressed woman looking at the rain.Depression is a real illness that affects about 20 percent of women in the U.S. If you have depression seek help! If you don't know if you have depression, get diagnosed and get proper treatment.

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Well, studies point to the fact that depression is a real medical condition, primary caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. 

In fact there are many things that contribute to depression such as:

  • Genetics
  • Experiencing difficult/negative life altering event(s) such as the death of a loved one or loss of a job
  • Stress that does not let up
  • A diet that doesn't support a healthy mood

Define Depression by Looking at Signs & Symptoms 

Depression sufferers often experience overwhelming hopeless, fatigue, a loss of interest in hobbies, friends, family, even sex. 

Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a deeper well of symptoms. 

Much like anxiety disorder, depression affects your thoughts, feelings and behavior.  Can you identify with the following symptoms of depression?



Angry outbursts

•Hopelessness

•Moodiness

•Guilt

•Difficulty concentrating

•Delusions and/or hallucinations (which can happen in cases of severe depression)

•Withdrawing from people

•Substance abuse

•Missing work, school or other commitments

•Tried to harm yourself

•Fatigue or lack of energy

•Unexplained aches and pains

•Changes in appetite (eating too much or too little)

•Changes in weight (gaining or losing too much weight)

Insomnia or do you find yourself sleeping too much



Does This Mean I Have Depression?

Absolutely not!  Just because you might identify with some of these symptoms doesn’t mean you have depression.

Everyone has experienced some of these feelings at some point in their lives. 

This is just part of what it means to be human. 

But you might have depression if you frequently experience a cluster of symptoms over a period of two or more weeks. 

The best way to determine if you have a problem with depression is to seek help from a qualified mental health professional who can do a thorough evaluation. 

From here you and your therapist can work together on a plan of action to help you overcome depression and get your life back. 

  A Word On Medication

Medication can be effective in treating depression but there are also a host of side effects, ranging from thoughts of suicide to weight gain to insomnia (ironic huh?). 

Now, there are plenty of natural treatment options that work just as well, or better than, medication.  

Natural, drug-free solutions include...

I hope this article helps you on your journey towards better mental health.

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    Week 1

    This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

    Week 2

    I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

    Week 3

    This week all about using self-esteem to improve mental health and overall well-being. 

    Week 4

    This final week presents ways to reduce social media usage. Studies show that over consumption of social media contributes to anxiety and depression.

    Click here to start this free e-course!