Chronic Conditions

Major Depression


 


  1. Are there times when depression is normal?
Yes, such as when you have lost a loved one. Indeed, depression is often a healthy response to misfortune. But when it persists, you will need to pay close attention to it.
  2. Who gets depression?
People of all ages, races, ethnic groups and social classes get depression. Although it can occur at any age, depression frequently develops between the ages of 15 and 44 years old. If you have depression, you are not alone.
  3. Is there a relationship between depression and other illnesses?
Depression often co-exists with other mental or physical illnesses. Chronic diseases, substance abuse, sleep disorder, anxiety disorders and eating disorders are common conditions that are associated with depression.
  4. How do I help my friend or family member who is depressed?
Sometimes, people who are depressed may not recognise symptoms of depression in themselves. The most important thing to do for someone who may be depressed is to help them arrange for a consultation with a doctor. This may involve helping the person to find a doctor and making their first appointment.
  5. Is there any difference in symptoms of depression between men and women?

There are some differences. Men tend to display their unease while women are more likely to keep to themselves. Below are some examples:

Women suffering from depression: Men suffering from depression:
Blame themselves Feel others are to blame
Feel sad, apathetic and worthless Feel angry and irritable
Feel anxious and scared Feel suspicious and guarded
Avoid conflicts at all costs Create conflicts
Withdraw when feeling hurt Attack when feeling hurt
Feel they are born to fail Feel the world set them up to fail

  6. How do I differentiate low feelings from depression?
Everyone has good and bad days and usually the low feelings we experience are temporary. Even on a bad day, we can still find enjoyment in some experiences or things. It is part of our life experiences. For a diagnosis of depression, it requires that we experience most of the symptoms nearly every day for a period of more than two weeks. It also has to impair on our ability to function in our daily living.