DEPRESSION: Causes, Symptoms, Levels, and Effect

Depression is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest, feelings of guilt, disturbed sleep, low appetite, and poor concentration. There are a number of things that causes depression and it varies for individuals.


Depression us most likely to affect people between the ages of 45 to 65. Unfortunately, we have seen youths getting depressed nowadays due to the extra burden on them. Some teenagers in developing countries have taken up adult responsibilities and may easily get depressed.

Causes Of Depression

Depression can be caused by a single or series of events. A single event can lead someone to never-ending depression. The below are just few of what can cause depression.

  • Examination failure
  • Loss of loved one’s
  • Sexual, Emotional, or Physical abuse
  • Conflicts
  • Being bullied

Symptoms Of Depression

Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, mood swings, or sadness

Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, restlessness, or social isolation.

Sleep: early awakening, excess sleeping or loss of appetite.

Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or suicidal thoughts.

Levels Of Depression

  • Persistent depressive order
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Chronic depression
  • Atypical Depression
  • Postpartum Depression

Effects Of Depression

  • Pain
  • Sleeping problems
  • Restlessness/fatigue
  • High blood pressure

Sexual dysfunctional

How To Overcome Depression

Depression can be overcome by talking to a doctor or counsellor. You can also talk to people you trust. A doctor can administer antidepressants for such a person. Apart from that, such a person can do positive things from which they derive joy. Begin to see the positive aspects of everything you do. For example, if you feel like you had a bad day don’t ruminate on the bad part think about the good part you enjoyed about the day.

If you are on an antidepressant, use ur drugs as prescribed and promptly. Overcoming depression does not happen immediately it takes time but the result is always rewarding.

Are you depressed or do you know someone who’s depressed? Talk to the person today and make a positive impact on a person’s life.

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