Understanding Depression: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

photo of head bust print artwork
Photo by meo on Pexels.com


Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of adults each year. It’s also a condition that many people don’t understand, so it can be difficult to recognize and treat.In this article, Dr. Charles Noplis will explain what depression is, how it presents itself, and how you can get help for the symptoms of this condition.

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects the way you feel and think. It can cause you to have a sad, empty or irritable mood most of the time. Depression may also make it hard for you to do your daily activities.

Depression is not the same as being unhappy or in a blue mood. With depression, your feelings of sadness don’t go away with time or by using self-help strategies like exercise and healthy eating habits, which are helpful with mild forms of depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression is a mental illness that causes feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities, and a lack of energy. It can also cause changes in appetite and sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of suicide. The symptoms associated with depression may vary from person to person depending on their age or gender.

In addition to these common symptoms listed above there are other things that might indicate if you’re experiencing depression:

Who gets depression and why?

Depression is a common illness that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or background. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people will experience depression at some point during their lifetime. Depression is more common in women than men; however, men are less likely than women to seek treatment for their symptoms.

How is depression diagnosed?

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects the way you feel and think. It’s not a sign of weakness or something you can will away, but it is treatable.

If you suspect that someone has depression, it’s important to take them seriously and help them get treatment. If left untreated, depression can lead to other problems like substance abuse or suicide attempts (see below).

Diagnosing depression requires a thorough medical history and physical exam from your doctor or mental health professional. Sometimes lab tests may also be ordered if there are other symptoms like weight loss or trouble sleeping that could indicate another condition that could cause similar symptoms as depression (like diabetes).

There are many ways to treat this condition, but it’s important to get help that suits your needs.

Depression is a serious condition that can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. There are also lifestyle changes you can make to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

To determine what treatment options are right for you, talk with your doctor about your symptoms, how they affect your daily life, and how much they interfere with work or school activities. Your doctor may recommend an antidepressant medication like fluoxetine (Prozac) or sertraline (Zoloft). These drugs work by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain–a chemical that helps regulate moods–but they aren’t effective in everyone who takes them; in fact, one study found that only 50% of patients improved after taking antidepressants for 12 weeks! If these medications don’t work well enough on their own (or if there are side effects), some people may need additional treatment from psychotherapy sessions focused on managing stressors related to depression in addition to talk therapy sessions designed specifically for this purpose


Depression is a serious condition that can have a significant impact on your life. It’s important to know the symptoms, causes and treatments so that you can get help if necessary. If you think that someone close to you may be suffering from depression, then please talk with them about their symptoms and encourage them to seek professional help if necessary

Like this article?

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest