CogniFit's Science blog: Your Brain And Depression

Your Brain And Depression

Depression has affected people throughout history. It was even noted in the Bible that King David as well Job suffered from some form of depression. Depression has also been referred to as clinical depression and we now generally refer to it as depressive disorder. Let’s discuss this important topic further.

The general definition of depression has evolved over the years. However experts today generally agree on the following definition. Depression is characterized by a group of symptoms which reflect a sad or irritable mood which is in excess of normal sadness or grief. This sadness is more severe and pervasive than might otherwise be expected normally and it can certainly impact the ability of a person to function normally and overall mental health.

The signs and symptoms of depression are characterized by negative thoughts, moods and behaviors. There are also changes in bodily and brain functions. For example sufferers of these problems can develop body aches, have low energy and develop problems with weight, eating or sleeping.

Depression is recognized to be a huge public health problem. It affects millions of people. It is estimated that up to 10% of adults, 8% of teens and 2% of preteens have some type of depression symptoms.

This problem affects many things and poses an extensive cost due to treatment as well as lost revenue from reductions in productivity and absenteeism from work or school.

Depression can increase risks for developing many other diseases including coronary artery disease asthma and a number of other important medical conditions. It can increase the severity of these kinds of diseases above and beyond what would otherwise be expected.

This global problem can be difficult to diagnose because many people are ashamed of the way they feel and therefore hide the symptoms from others. It is therefore very important to educate the public as to this problem and encourage them to seek proper treatment.

That being said there have been many effective treatments developed for depression. Some drugs have been developed which have proven to be beneficial in treating this illness. In addition therapeutic counseling techniques have played a strong role in treating this problem and improving the lives of its sufferers.

The important to note is that depression can develop for many reasons. It has very little to do with the character of the person involved. It is therefore important for sufferers to recognize the symptoms and then seek appropriate treatment. This is the best way for people to achieve a better quality of life and minimize the impacts of this condition.