01/20/2012

Endogenous Depression

Endogenous depression is classified as a mood disorder. It is believed to affect from birth and could have a genetic factor. Endogenous depression can mean a person is more prone to becoming depressed when they experience stressful times or traumatic events.

While depression is often mistakenly thought of an adult condition a depressive episode might strike an endogenous depression prone person at any stage of life even childhood. This type of depression in children and young adults often goes unrecognized or under treated.

A diagnosis of endogenous depression is arrived at by a health care professional based on the circumstances of the depressions onset and the patient’s symptoms. Patients with this type or any other sort of depression might not even realize this is what’s affecting them. They are only aware of their symptoms and that they are having physical and emotional difficulty.

Endogenous depression can seem to come from nowhere to the sufferer. This is a biological depression usually characterized by a bad sleep pattern, lack of concentration, and a loss of interest in pleasant pursuits.

The sufferer often complains of feeling tired, hopeless, sad, sleepy or wakeful, and having trouble focusing on the world around them. Those suffering from endogenous depression often have the same physical issues as those who diagnosed with other types of depression. They might have headaches, body aches, digestive problems or other symptoms.

Antidepressants can help improve energy level, and alleviate the other symptoms of depression. Endogenous depression patients usually respond well to antidepressants.

Antidepressants are drugs which help chemically improve brain function. The usually course of treatment runs from 4 to 6 months, in some cases this medication might be prescribed for longer periods of time. Antidepressants can cause some side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, and dizziness. It might 2 to 4 weeks for such medication to start working.

It’s important for the family and friends of someone suffering endogenous depression to support the treatment and try to understand this condition. People with depressive disorder are suffering from a very real medical condition and can’t simply ’snap out of’ their suffering.

Physical Symptoms of Depression

When suffering from depression it’s very important to understand the condition and the physical symptoms of depression in order to combat the illness. Like any other illness, there are different types of depression, and they can affect sufferers overall health in the different ways.

Major depression is a disease that can drastically affect overall health. In the case of this form of the condition, the physical symptoms of this depression can interfere with sleep cycles, the ability to maintain employment, eat, or even the inability to enjoy activities usually seen as pleasurable.

What’s characteristic of Major Depression is that these physical symptoms of depression can be so severe and prolonged they can seriously impact the sufferer’s health.

Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, pessimism, or worthlessness can seem to overwhelm sufferers may lose interest in social interaction, have trouble sleeping, over eating or have a loss of appetite to the point of actual anorexia.

Dysthymia is another type of depression, which is a chronic form of this illness. Sufferers experience many of the same physical symptoms of depression as do those with a diagnosis of Major Depression only to a lesser degree. While the symptoms of Dysthymia might not be as disabling, the depression episodes are more prolonged.

Bipolar disorder is another form of depression. Often misdiagnosed this type of condition is marked by periods of mania usually followed by the physical symptoms of depression as well as the emotion ones. With all these types of conditions, the important thing to remember is that the physical symptoms of depression cannot only take a serious toil on the sufferer’s body; they can also exacerbate the condition (Manic Depression Symptoms).

Weight problems, lack of proper nutrition, sleep loss, and the experiencing of chronic stressful negative feelings can all cause depression in a healthy person. It’s important for a depression sufferer to talk to their doctor about these physical symptoms of their depression and look for ways to find relief. Eating right, getting the proper amount of sleep and working on negative feelings can go a long in improving a depression sufferer’s overall health.

Mood Disorders

There are many people that suffer from mood disorders and don’t even know it.  What may seem like just a bad day or rough week can actually mean something more serious.  If you are worried that you are someone you know may be suffering from one of the many mood disorders present today, then read on to learn more about the more common types.

A major depressive disorder is the more technical term for depression, and can seriously affect every aspect of your daily life.  The general symptoms that a physician would look for when diagnosing depression are:

•    A steady feeling of sadness, irritability, or anxiety that does not go away when it should.  Most often there is no apparent reason for the feelings.
•    A loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies including sexual activities
•    An over all lack of energy, feeling tired even when you haven’t done anything
•    A loss or increase in appetite, with weight loss or weight gain
•    Difficulty with sleeping normally, at times insomnia or sleeping too much
•    A feeling of restlessness or feeling of a weight on you slowing you down
•    Unable to steadily make decisions or concentrate
•    Feeling worthlessness or hopelessness about life, or guilt
•    Thinking of suicide or death

A person with a mood disorder or mood disorders like depression can present with any number of these symptoms and the degree of them differ from person to person.  If you believe you are presenting with any of these symptoms you should consult with a doctor to see if you are suffering from depression.  If these symptoms are presenting a serious crisis, contact your local hospital or emergency room.

Another type of disorder to mention is Dysthymia.  It is a disorder that resembles major depression above, but on a lesser scale.  This type of disorder can find those suffering from it having feelings of depression most every day for about a two year period.

Furthermore, there are many other mood disorders that present with depression symptoms.  These included seasonal major depression (seasonal affective disorder), postpartum depression, and bipolar disorder.

Seasonal Affective Disorder
This disorder is aptly named because the symptoms of depression come seasonally.  For example, a person that suffers from this disorder may become depressed during the winter months or during the fall.

Postpartum Depression

Mood disorders like this one are only seen in women.  Symptoms of depression present in women who have given birth recently, most often times in the first few months of giving birth.  However, it is also known to happen within a year after.

The symptoms themselves are like those with major depression.  The results of this are that the mothers are often unable to bond with their infant.  This is a very common and serious illness and should be spoken about with your doctor.  However, it should not be confused with “baby blues”.  This is often seen within days of delivery and will pass as quickly as it came on.

Bipolar Disorder
This is another one of the major mood disorders.  While many of those mentioned above are like major depression, bipolar disorder, or rather, manic depression is not.  This type of disorder presents with extreme highs and lows in mood. For example, peoel suffering from this disorder will experience periods of extreme pleasure and happiness then periods of severe depression (Bipolar Test).

PTSD Depression

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD depression is usually thought of as a psychological response to a traumatic life event. While that initially sounds simple the truth can be much harder. From this definition, it would sound as if all cases of PSTD depression stemmed from going to war, being in a serious accident or witness a horrible event.

The truth however is that what might be an easily recoverable event to some can be the source of trauma to another. For example, some individuals might get a divorce with no ill effects while for others; it’s a life changing trauma. PTSD depression might depend on certain factors going into a traumatic event such as a family history of depression or the health of the sufferer at the time. For instance, having a serious illness like cancer while going through a horrible divorce can trigger PTSD depression.

Some of the symptoms of PTSD depression are sleeplessness, confusion, and sexual problems, crying jags, feelings of anger without cause, lost of interest in hobbies or job, feeling emotionally empty or numb, headaches, body pains, feeling guilty without cause, digestive problems or constant stomach aches without cause. It’s very important in the case of PTSD depression to seek treatment as the symptoms might worsen.

Depending on the intensity of the original trauma symptoms might develop that can cause a sufferer to have a reduced quality of life, lose their job, develop a substance abuse problem, or have serious interpersonal issues within their family.
Therapy for PTSD depression and depressive disorder is often teaching the sufferer practical approaches to coping with what for them are intense and disturbing memories or associations.

Cognitive therapy is sometimes used to help PTSD sufferers learn to deal with their trauma related thoughts and negative self image. Family counseling is frequently recommended since conflict resolution might play an important role in helping a sufferer of PTSD heal.

Medications such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers might also help someone suffering from PTSD depression. These drugs sometimes have side-effects and a patient should always discuss possible issues with their physician.
Joining a support group can also prove helpful since this will help the PTSD sufferer know they aren’t alone.

What is Depression?

Almost everybody has felt depressed or sad at times. Experiencing a depression can be a common response to life’s hardship, loss of a loved one, or low self-esteem.

Clinical depression is when you start experiencing extreme sadness that triggers hopeless, helpless and worthless feelings. These intense feelings can go on for days or weeks and restrain you from enjoying daily normal activities although it sounds serious clinical depression can be managed.

Symptoms of depression:
As per DSM-IV list of mental disorders depression takes place when you show the following symptoms at the same occurrence:

  • Depressed mood throughout the day, especially in the morning
  • Feeling tired almost every day
  • Feeling worthless or guilty pretty much every day
  • Less focus and inability to decide due to loss of concentration
  • Unwarranted sleeping or insomnia
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment in usual activities almost every day
  • Frequent thoughts of suicide and not being afraid of death
  • Being restless referred as psycho-motor agitation or being slow in motion
  • Weight loss or body weight gain due to overeating

With all these signs you can pretty much conclude if one is in pre-depressive mood or depression.
The depressive symptoms must not be the direct result of substance such as psychotropic drugs or medications that have side effects. Those with hypothyroidism are also excluded. One thing to note if the symptoms show up within 2 months of the loss of a relative, they won’t be considered as depression symptoms.