The first and the most important task here is how to understand that your friend or a close person is depressed, or even how to recognize your own depression. At the beginning, the signs may be the following: anxiety, a person is often worried without any reason, people look sad and inactive. All the signs can be shown not for some days, but for weeks or even months. Such people feel quickly tired, it’s difficult for them to focus attention on something, to make decisions; they don’t receive pleasure from favorite activities. In some cases, people with depression lose appetite (or on the contrary eat too much), the sleep disturbance may also occur. Social isolation is an important symptom, too.
At the same time signs and course of this illness may vary greatly, depending on the concrete person. There are different levels of depression, some people feel depressed at once and some cannot recognize it for a long time. In certain cases, people live in depression the largest part of their life. When the situation is quite serious it is recommended to consult with professionals and to combine these consultations with taking antidepressants.
Taking into account the above mentioned facts, we can divide depressions into different types according to their stage and period of duration. Sometimes there is no preliminary stage. We met even chronic cases: such a problem as a dysthymic disorder can be considered a soft type of depression.
If we deal with severe cases it is often recommended to hospitalize a person for some period of time (in particular those who want to commit a suicide) in order to prevent tragic consequences. That is why we have no right to wait - depressed people must be cured immediately.
Unfortunately, there are relapses. If a person has ever suffered from depression, he/she can get this problem again, at the most difficult stages of life. The more cases of depression happened to you, the higher are your chances to have a relapse.
There are some risk factors, like various chronic diseases: coronary artery illness or diabetes, for example. It is connected with the fact, that such people aren’t able to have a normal lifestyle and for this reason they are more likely to develop a depression. Moreover, depressed people can easily forget about health problems and even to worsen the level of their health.
Very often people having different manias also obtain depressions later. So here an individual approach is always necessary.