Sometimes the chemicals in our body cause unwarranted emotions, but sadness doesn't have to be a cloud that is constantly lingering overhead.
Depression is a strong feeling of sadness and hopelessness that can last for days, weeks, and even months. The strong feelings can drain your energy and prevent you from enjoying everyday life.
- Persistent feelings of emptiness or sadness, hopelessness, pessimism.
- Loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable.
- Thoughts of suicide.
- Fatigue and decreased energy.
Types of Depression:
- A clinical mental health condition that causes disorder to a person’s mood. Often attributed to a chemical imbalance, one can experiences extreme sadness, anger, and loss of interest to a point that interferes with daily life.
Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia):
- A chronic or ongoing depression disorder with similar symptoms, though less severe, than major depression.
- When a person has disturbing false beliefs or delusions and hallucinations.
- When hormonal and responsibility changes of having a newborn become more overwhelming than your average “baby blues”.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
- Depression that increases in the winter months as a result of less natural sunlight.
- An illness less common than depression, where a person experiences extreme cycles of emotional highs and lows.
Each year, almost 5,000 young people (ages 15 to 24) kill themselves.