In the medical world, most diseases, disorders and conditions tend to be overrated. While this may result in health anxiety, it would be better to be anxious about developing a condition of contracting a disease than to be unaware of it. For this reason, we often find campaigns creating awareness about dangerous diseases to be exaggerated giving the impression that it may happen to anyone at any time. There are however, exceptions to this rule. The depression disorder is one exception. Unlike other conditions that are usually overrated, depression disorder tends to be taken lightly and not even recognized at all. Individuals who complain and appear to have the telltale signs of the condition are not taken seriously as a possible victim of depression. This is not only bad judgment but dangerous.
First of all, what is depression disorder? Depression disorder is a mental state where individuals undergo several physiological and psychological symptoms. It can be triggered due to a number of reasons, sometimes even trivial ones. The cause however, may not be the trigger itself, it can be due to an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain or body. The depression disorder symptoms is characterized be persistent negativity and sadness, loss of interest in general, fatigue, lack of motivation and enthusiasm as well as malaise among a number of other signs.
The most important thing with the condition is identifying it. the main reason the disorder tends to become serious with major consequences is because treatment is not taken. Leaving the disorder untreated will assuredly worsen the symptoms and can severely affect a person’s well-being and lifestyle. As the symptoms are quite generic, individuals are first tested for physiological reasons. A number of tests involving blood work are done for this. If these tests appear to be clear, the next step would be a series of interviews and questions that help evaluate the possibility of a person having depression. Things like family history are taken into consideration as well since this disorder has a strong genetic predisposition.
If the disorder has been identified, the next step would be to find out the type of depression. There are several subtypes with unique symptoms, causes and treatment methods and of course prevalence varies. Once it is decided if the person is having anxiety depression disorder, general clinical depression, bipolar depression, etc. treatment is executed accordingly.