S., depression is one of the most prevalent factors leading to disability, with billions of dollars spent on care and lost productivity annually.
Finally, chronic depression has more indications of genetic interplay and incidents of childhood trauma reported by patients.
Individuals who suffer from chronic depression are usually in a state of depression for the major part of the day.
Women suffer from depression twice as much as men, likely due to hormonal factors such as pregnancy, menstrual cycles, pre and post menopause, postpartum transitions, miscarriages, including additional responsibilities at home and in the workplace, and caregiving to children and aging parents.
In addition, women are more likely to seek help than are men.
The onset of depression clusters around the teen years and in patients in their twenties or thirties, though the average age is 32.
People who abuse alcohol or illegal drugs are particularly susceptible to depression.
In addition to these primary symptoms, others may arise also, including, feelings of hopelessness, despair, worthlessness, self-hate; a lack of energy or fatigue on a daily basis; an ongoing sentiment of inadequacy; remorse, shame or guilt; headaches or back pain; an inability to make decisions or focus on things; an inability to sleep or a tendency to sleep too much every day; no interest or pleasure in daily activities; sensations of restlessness or feeling slow or rundown; substantial weight loss or gain within a month; or thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts.
If at least five or more of these manifestations are present, your doctor will likely diagnose you as having major depression disorder.