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These days, a lot of people face a common enemy called "DEPRESSION" due to one reason or the other. Depression is a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities.

People experience depression in different ways. It may interfere with your daily work, resulting in lost time and lower productivity. It can also influence relationships and some chronic health conditions such as;
* Arthritis
* Asthma
* Cardiovascular disease
* Cancer
* Diabetes
* Obesity

It’s important to realize that feeling down at times is a normal part of life. Sad events happen to everyone. But, if you’re feeling down or hopeless on a regular basis, you could be dealing with depression.

Depression is considered a serious medical condition that can get worse without proper treatment. Those who seek treatment often see improvements in symptoms in just a few weeks.

The symptoms of depression can be experienced differently among men, women, and children differently.

Men may experience symptoms related to their:

* Mood, such as anger, aggressiveness, irritability, anxiousness, etc.

* Emotional well-being, such as feeling empty, sad, hopeless, etc.

* Behavior, such as loss of interest, no longer finding pleasure in favorite activities, feeling tired easily, thoughts of suicide, etc.

* Sexual interest, such as reduced sexual desire, lack of sexual performance, etc.

* Cognitive abilities, such as inability to concentrate, difficulty completing tasks, delayed responses during conversations, etc.

* Sleep patterns, such as insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleepiness, not sleeping through the night, etc.

* Physical well-being, such as fatigue, pains, headache, digestive problems, etc.

Women may experience symptoms related to their:

* Mood, such as irritability

* Emotional well-being, such asfeeling sad or empty, anxious or hopeless

* Behavior, such as loss of interest in activities, withdrawing from social engagements, thoughts of suicide, etc.

* Cognitive abilities, such as thinking or talking more slowly

* Sleep patterns, such as difficulty sleeping through the night, waking early, sleeping too much, etc.

* Physical well-being, such as decreased energy, greater fatigue, changes in appetite, weight changes, aches, pain, headaches, etc.

Children may experience symptoms related to their:

* Mood, such as irritability, anger, mood swings, crying, etc

* Emotional well-being, such as feelings of incompetence (e.g. “I can’t do anything right”) or despair, crying, intense sadness, etc

* Behavior, such as getting into trouble at school or refusing to go to school, avoiding friends or siblings, thoughts of death or suicide, etc

* Cognitive abilities, such as difficulty concentrating, decline in school performance, changes in grades, etc

* Sleep patterns, such as difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, etc

* Physical well-being, such as loss of energy, digestive problems, changes in appetite, weight loss or gain, etc.

The symptoms can extend beyond your mind.

We will continue with this topic of Depression next week as we all have a lot to learn to save those around us. Next week we shall look at the different types of depression, causes and how to help those who are depressed. Till we meet again next week, this is Chadele. Thanks for reading. Ciao!

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