Why can't I escape my depression?

How do you recognize depression and what can you do?

According to the German Federal Ministry of Health, around 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. However, the number of unreported cases is likely to be many times higher. That is shocking. It is all the more important to sensitize society and each individual to this disease. If you watch yourself carefully, you can react much faster and more effectively when you first act Symptoms demonstrate.

How long has science known about "depression"?

The depression As a clinical picture, special importance was attached to it only in the course of the 19th century. In the last thirty years of the 20th century, the medical term took hold and was first used in 1976 Meyer's Lexicon mentioned. From this it can be concluded that the science that deals with this topic is still relatively young compared to many others. Nevertheless, the knowledge about the causes, triggers, manifestations and therapies of depression is very advanced in this short time. This is mainly due to the fact that the number of diagnosed depressive illnesses has increased dramatically in the last few decades.

What alarm signals should you watch out for?

The word depression comes from the Latin ("deprimere") and means: suppress, suppress. A more suitable expression for this clinical picture could not have been found. Depressed people feel depressed about themselves illness with all their different symptoms. These are so complex and so individual from person to person that it often takes a long time for depression to be recognized as such. Those affected primarily suffer from listlessness, tiredness and a feeling of exhaustion. They lose interest in their environment, hobbies or the like and withdraw from social life. In addition, sleep disorders, a lack of appetite, nausea, difficulty concentrating and thoughts of suicide are among the most common accompanying symptoms. Depressed people feel paralyzed and are therefore often no longer able to help themselves.

During depression, one no longer participates in life. One withdraws, longs for peace and wants to be alone. If you are still able to work, you often only spend the rest of your free time in bed. You escape from reality, from the emotional numbness, the feeling of loneliness and the emptiness inside. A logical reaction, but unfortunately this only intensifies the negative downward spiral.

First aid

If this condition has already settled for a few weeks or even months, it is urgent to seek medical advice. You can no longer escape the vicious circle on your own, which is hardly available in the case of depressed people.

A family doctor usually refers the person to you Psychologists or psychiatrists - on the latter especially to initiate drug therapy if necessary. Instahelp also has psychologists who specialize in depression. The main reason why psychological or psychiatric care is so important in the case of depression is because one has to find out the causes of the illness. If you only fight the symptoms, the depression usually comes back.

How does depression develop?

Both biological and psychosocial aspects are possible causes. The biological include a genetic predisposition or other underlying diseases, such as an underactive thyroid. In most cases, however, it is the side effects of our fast-paced times that eventually lead to burnout or depression. Acute stress, mental overload, negative, formative experiences are the main causes. The balancing act between family and job, bullying, the demand on yourself to always function perfectly and do everything right, are increasingly overwhelming us.

In any case, it is important to deal with the disease as soon as you recognize it. Nobody should feel at the mercy of the disease and feel helpless. Because with a suitable therapy and the will and desire to get the depression under control, anyone can do it. Often it just takes a little patience, which is a relatively small investment in terms of healing or improving the quality of life.



Depression, in: Federal Ministry of Health (2016) at: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/themen/praevention/gesundheitsgefahren/depression.html (as of: 23.01.2017)

Jurk, Charlotte: Der Niedergeschlagene Mensch (2005) at: http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2006/2711/pdf/JurkCharlotte-2006-02-13.pdf (as of January 25, 2017)

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