Mental problems – Depression

November 12, 2012

Mental problems – Depression

There are a number of conditions associated with mental problems and depression is one of the most common and has the potential to be one of the most severe.

Mental problems overview

Mental problems or psychological problems also sometimes referred to as mood disorders can affect individuals of all ages, races and gender. Some of the more common mental problems include depression, anxiety and insomnia. In many cases the onset of these conditions are triggered by an external factor and are therefore sometimes known as environmental illnesses. Medical experts have suggested that there may also be genetic factor to consider that makes certain people more susceptible to these kinds of illnesses. However, even someone who possesses these particular genetics will still require some form of environmental trigger that sparks the onset of the symptoms of the condition.


Everyone experiences symptoms associated with depression at some time during their lives. There are a number of things that can cause feeling of sadness from a bad day at work, being neglected by friends or the end of a relationship. In some cases these feelings of sadness can be extremely severe but over time they will begin fade away and make room for normal and happy feeling to return. However in the case of someone suffering from depression the feeling will be sever and intense and last for a longer period of time. A long with this, there are a number of accompanying symptoms of depression such as fatigue making it all the more hard to stay positive and continue with regular day to day activities. Fatigue is a common symptom of many mental problems and in particular environmental illnesses. Depression can be split up into two main types. The first is called Major depression and the other is known as either Bipolar of Manic depression.

Symptoms of Major Depression

  • Loss of energy and interest in an activities including those that were previously pleasurable

  • The lack of ability to enjoy oneself in any situation or company

  • An increased or decreased appetite

  • An increase or decrease in sleeping

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Extreme feeling of sadness, anxiety or hopelessness

  • Feeling or worthlessness

  • Thought about suicide and death

Symptoms of Manic Depression

Individuals suffering from manic depression, as well as experiencing the symptoms listed above will also have mood swings ranging from episodes of depression to episodes of manic behaviour. Symptoms include:

  • A high level of energy accompanies with a decreased need for sleep

  • Exaggerated beliefs in ones abilities

  • Irritability

  • Unpredictable and rapid changes in emotion

  • Reduced inhibitions and reckless behaviour often putting their own life in danger

If you or anyone you know experiences a number of these symptoms for a period of 10 days or longer then they may be suffering from depression or similar mental problems. Make an appointment with a medical professional as soon as possible because treatment is available and effective.

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