Once in a while, events in our lives disappoint us and make us sad. Having lost someone very important could lead one to say ”I am so depressed.” Some people tell that depression feels like a black curtain of despair coming down over their lives. In our lifetime, it is quite normal to feel depressed on a certain point but chronic depression appears among people who are not able to recover from the normal cycle of distress. These are people who are not able to deal with stress.
Depression may be a state of mind but it is also associated to physical changes in our brain. It is said that depression could be caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters that carry signals in the brain and nerves. Excess activity of the stress response system drives emotional centers of the brain into overdrive so that negative events make a disproportionate impact and hijack rational response systems. Literally, one cannot think clearly. It makes one ponder over and over about the difficulties and disappointments one come across until that’s all one can focus on. The cause of depression can be both blamed to one’s environment and genes. To a big number of the population, being depressed is inherited. They are inclined to be depressed even when faced with mild stress due to inherited causes. On the other hand, there are people who are not able to adjust to certain changes in their lives, like losing a loved one, or even when after getting married, get depressed. These people may not have inherited depression but they are still prone to get depressed when they are not able to pull through from their gloomy moments. Furthermore, a unenthusisastic personality characterized by a low self-esteem, and a negative outlook are at higher risk of becoming depressed. It is mentioned previously that being depressed is quite normal but this depression only goes for a short time. When depression prolongs, it could lead to other psychological disorders.
When you get depressed, you feel hopeless and sad. You may not feel any pleasure from almost anything you do. Others either lose or gain weight because of changes in appetite. Some may not be able to sleep well at night while some would experience excessive sleep