Usually, depression will display itself in stages. The first stage is known as “Low” depression. It is during this stage that the individual usually loses interest in activities they once enjoyed. They may show weakness in some areas of their life and have difficulties in moving forward.
Low depression is just one of the depression categories. People may have a few other stages such as “Moderate” depression, which is characterized by fatigue, lack of interest in things they used to enjoy doing, a feeling of sadness, thoughts of suicide, a feeling of worthlessness, suicidal thoughts and urges, and changes in sleeping and eating patterns.
As with any medical condition, depression is often seen in conjunction with other symptoms. Another symptom is called “Major Depressive Disorder.” This condition is characterized by recurrent episodes of depressed mood and an altered state of energy and pleasure or enjoyment. There are two main types of depression: Psychotic Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
A major depressive disorder is characterized by depressive episodes of at least a week’s duration and lasted at least three months before the episode began. Typically, the individual is depressed more than four times per month. Antidepressants are the only drugs commonly prescribed for depression.
People with this condition are often anxious, irritable, confused, or worried when stressful times come. They often complain about feeling unappreciated, rejected, angry, sad, lonely, helpless, or worthless. They seem to be at a loss as to what can be done to change the situation.
Talking about their problems with loved ones and having a support group is a common part of these patients’ lives. They may also seek out reading material or counseling. A speech impediment may be present due to the person’s inability to speak or their difficulty in expressing themselves.
It is important to realize that people with this disorder are not mentally ill. They are not really mad or crazy. They need help and assistance in managing their emotions. Usually, the disorder progresses gradually until a person reaches the next stage.
This stage is called “Recurrent Depression” and is often described as “deteriorating depression.” At this point, there is no noticeable change in behavior. There is still no obvious change in the individual’s level of depression. A person may not know when they are going to get depressed again or may be totally unaware of when the next episode of depression occurs.
People with recurrent depression often find it hard to stay in a job. Workaholism or overtiredness is often associated with the depressive state. Work schedules may be arranged to include large amounts of sleep each night and frequently has problems getting enough sleep or adequate sleep.
Research indicates that patients with recurrent depression often have ongoing and untreated depression symptoms. These symptoms are either misdiagnosed or inappropriately treated. In the long run, untreated depression can cause significant damage to the health of the individual.