Author: Stephen White

Helping Yourself Through Depression

Those dealing with depression often assume their problem is one of personal weakness and may try to will themselves out of their condition. These efforts, inevitably, are doomed to fail. Depression is a very real medical condition and is not a simple matter of willpower. One cannot think depression away. Of course, this does not mean that one is at the mercy of the disease, medical professionals or pharmaceuticals. There are a number of things individuals suffering from depression can do to improve their well-being. This chapter will outline some popular self-help methods. Treatment Strategy It should be mentioned...

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Depression In Women

Depression can affect anyone, women, children, men you name it. Unfortunatley, a woman is more than twice as likely to suffer from depression than a man. For the percentages of women to men who are depressed, the statistics would say that 24% of all women experience depression, while only fifteen percent of all men are affected by depression. Depression tends to also be more severe with women with one out of four women will be clinically depressed. In this case, you might need to pursue professional treatment or medications. Depression, or a depressed mood, may in everyday English refer to a state of melancholia, unhappiness or sadness, or to a relatively minor downturn in mood that may last only a few hours or days. This is quite distinct from the medical diagnosis of clinical depression. However, if depressed mood lasts at least two weeks, and is accompanied by other symptoms that interfere with daily living, it may be seen as a symptom of clinical depression, dysthymia or some other diagnosable mental illness, or alternatively as sub-syndromal depression. In the field of psychiatry, the word depression can also have this meaning of low mood but more specifically refers to a mental illness when it has reached a severity and duration to warrant a diagnosis, whether there is an obvious situational cause or not; see Clinical depression. The Diagnostic and Statistical...

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