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When Depression Turns Chronic

Updated: Jan 16





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One in five people globally will develop depression in their lifetime. Most experts agree that many people can suffer from depression at some point in life. This is not surprising with the pace of life in today's society and the constant bombardment we get telling us to buy this, try that, or do this to finally feel happy, whole or fulfilled. Here we now are, with crap we don't need, still feeling worthless, alone and depressed. Now what?

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Understanding Depression

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Depression places a significant burden on the sufferer, their family, and society. Depression is the leading cause of feelings of inadequacy, which leave a person completely demotivated to want to do anything. When I say inadequacy, I don't just mean not being able to go to work or decreasing work performance, it also implies difficulty in doing housework, enjoying leisure time or interacting with friends and family. The longer a person is depressed, the more they will suffer, the more they will isolate themselves from their family and friends, the more they will isolate from their family and friends. Depression affects every fact of a sufferers life.


Major depression is defined as persistently low mood or loss of interest or pleasure for at least two weeks. When a person meets these criteria, this would be classed as major depression, professional help must be sought quickly to prevent it from becoming a chronic illness. But why is early diagnoses and treatment so important?

Different Causes Of Depression

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There is no single and definitive idea about the causes of mood disorders: biological, educational or psychosocial factors often interact in the formation of the pathological. There are many forms of depression: major depression, dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder, etc. Therefore, from various points of view, this phenomena has been addressed, giving rise to multiple conceptual models that impact biochemical, psychological or social aspects.


In general, there seems to be evidence that there is a greater or lesser predisposition to emerge from a depressive illness when faced with conditions of greater or lesser severity (situations, incidents, etc.), which could appear at a certain moment in the course of life. For example, a rejection or financial difficulties may be sufficient reason to emotionally destabilize an individual, but their interpretation of the facts seems to be key in the development of this disorder.


What Factors Will Influence A Seedy Recovery?

  • Early diagnosis

  • Starting treatment as soon as possible

  • Have the support of your environment (especially family) and accept their help

  • Combine pharmacological treatment with psychotherapeutic treatment

  • Receive correct treatment

What Factors Will Prevent Conversion To Chronic A Disease?

  • Achieve complete remission of all symptoms

  • Continue with the treatment for the time indicated by your psychiatrist and psychologist (minimum six months after achieving complete remission)

What You Can Do To Slow Things Down

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Depression can become a chronic illness that manifests itself in episodes, between these episodes there are usually stages of the absence of any symptoms. This illness is known as Recurrent Depressive Disorder. The more depressive episodes a person has, the more risk they will have of having an episode again in the following years. Therefore, someone who has a first depressive episode should make every effort to avoid a second episode.


Treating all symptoms as soon as possible during the first episode has been shown to nearly four-fold the chances of not having a depressive episode again in the next 10 years. For this, it is important that the patient and the professionals do not settle for “it is better”, but rather that it is necessary to arrive at the “it is fine”. The symptoms that most commonly persist after (incomplete) treatment of depression are: insomnia, physical pain, fatigue, and lack of concentration and interest.


Therefore these four signs are to be closely monitored until the person with depression is feeling better.


This blog post is proudly sponsored by Mindvalley, but all opinions are my own. Mindvalley is the largest online personal growth platform in the world. Choose from hundreds of personal growth programs and transformative content taught by brilliant minds, with results that stick. Mindvalley's mission is to create personal transformation that raises human consciousness. As a Mindvalley affiliate, we may receive compensation, if you purchase products or services through the links provided, at no extra cost to you. This helps support the running of the blog.

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