Is depression not a personality or mood, but a disease?

Depression is not a personality or mood. It’s rare that people with depression have been depressed all the time since they were young, or they have been depressed a few years ago and have never been better. In the case of depression, most months are depressed, then improved again, and then depressed. The period repeats for as short as 3-4 months and as long as 6-9 months.

Is depression not a personality or mood, but a disease

You can think of two cases that confuse depression and personality. First, patients with severe or chronic depression experience depression without getting better. Even in exceptional cases, the people around you have been depressed for years, so the people around you look at them personally. Second, one of the variants of depression is chronic mild depression, a disorder of mood. Patients with this condition are not as severe as they normally think, but have been depressed in the last two years and have recovered less than a month or two. That is why they are mistaken for personality or misinterpreted.

How do I distinguish between’depressed mood’ and’depression requiring treatment’?

There is no reason to be depressed, but if you are depressed, there are people who think there is something wrong and come to get treatment. Yes. It’s depression. Usually, for more than two weeks, almost every day, most of the day is depressed. You need to be treated if it interferes with the overall function, that is, it is difficult to live a job or it is difficult to live as a housewife or student.

distinguish between'depressed mood' and'depression requiring treatment

What’s tricky is when you’re depressed when you have a clear stressful situation, because when a family dies, falls on an exam, or is economically difficult, depression is the normal response. It is the mourning reaction that occurs when a typical one dies. Being sad and depressed for about two months is enough even if you meet the criteria for depression. However, if the stressful situation has disappeared and you are still depressed, you should suspect depression. I think that the depressive degree is quite serious if the depressive mood lasts more than 2 months, and if you have strong thoughts on suicide, an inappropriate feeling of guilt, or a lack of concentration to slow down your behavior.

There are often reports of suicide celebrities suffering from depression. Is depression really related to suicide?

Obviously, it has to do with suicide. At least 50% of suicides are related to psychiatric disorders, and 70-80% of psychiatric disorders are depression, so at least 50% are suicidal because of depression. Psychiatrists particularly emphasize the possibility of suicide due to depression. It is difficult to prevent suicide, but treating depression can definitely prevent suicide. In fact, more than 50% of people with depression take suicide seriously. However, when depression is severe, the patient does not even want to commit suicide. To commit suicide is also a’motivation’. However, you should be especially careful when depression improves and you are willing to do something.

suicide celebrities suffering from depression. Is depression really related to suicide

This is the case when I was discharged because I got better after receiving inpatient treatment. It is because while the family is relieved that they are feeling better, the patient with a better condition has some’motivation’ and unfortunately it leads to suicide’s’motivation’. Therefore, it is important to carefully observe that patients in recovery are more likely to commit suicide.

Can depression be treated with medication? Should I take my medicine once in a while?

In the brain, there are’neurotransmitters’, substances that dominate thoughts, actions and emotions. Depression caused by the imbalance of this neurotransmitter is considered to increase the concentration of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Although it is not medically clear how the process improves, clinical evidence that treatment improves depression has already been obtained.

You don’t have to take medicine forever. Usually, after 3-4 months of starting treatment, recovery is possible. Depression tends to have a high recurrence rate within a certain period, so preventive maintenance treatment is as short as 6 months to 1 year. Because 50% relapse within 2-3 years. However, if you don’t relapse after maintenance treatment, you can talk to your doctor to stop the medicine, so don’t worry.

Families should carefully watch and protect whether a depressed person is not thinking about suicide; they should be open to asking about suicide. If the patient answers that he or she wants to commit suicide, he should be alerted and encourage the patient.

What efforts should patients make themselves to overcome depression?

Depression is not a personality or mood. It’s rare that people with depression have been depressed all the time since they were young, or they have been depressed a few years ago and have never been better. In the case of depression, most months are depressed, then improved again, and then depressed. The period repeats for as short as 3-4 months and as long as 6-9 months.

No one likes depressing. People try their own way when they feel depressed. I meet friends, watch movies, and enjoy hobbies. But think about it. How often have you been depressed for more than two weeks, most of the day, no matter how hard you go? Depression is a disease that is difficult to recover by trying for yourself. In other words, treatment is necessary. One more thing I’m asking is that it’s because you’re weak, because you don’t have your mind straight, and you don’t eat hard, and sometimes you may think that it’s not that you’re floating when you’re depressed. You should never be about that. We need to take enough time to understand, encourage, and support, while helping to continue to receive treatment.

How is depression different from mood swings?
In simple terms, depression is only a depressive symptom, and bipolar depression is a periodic experience of depression and mania. Patients with mania are excited and confident, and they say that they have special abilities that others don’t, and they do a lot of work and spend a lot of money. Usually, patients with mania are hospitalized if severe.
It’s not easy to tell when you’re depressed and when you’re depressed, especially because many people with bipolar disorder first start with depression and go to manic. Bipolar disorder and depression are different treatments, so you need to distinguish them well. There are a few features that can be suspected of when it’s not a period of bipolar depression. For example, if you have depression when you are young, or other psychiatric disorders appear together, the original depression can’t be eaten and you can’t sleep well.

How can someone around you help someone with depression?
Families should carefully watch and protect depressed patients from thinking about suicide. Often, when we talk about suicide in the surroundings, the patient who didn’t have such thoughts might think about suicide. But you have to ask outright about suicide. “Do you want to die?” “Are you trying to commit suicide?” If you ask like this, you don’t think the patient will respond. However, depressed patients who think of suicide honestly respond to the desire for help. At that time, we need to warn of suicide and encourage the patient. Most patients suffer because they think they have no choice but to die. People with depression do not want to die, but they think there is no way but suicide. People around you must be sensitive and aware of the time.

Also, if a patient who is very depressed or anxious suddenly looks calm, you should judge it as a danger sign. It may be because the patient decided to commit suicide. There are some people who think that depression has suddenly improved because they feel comfortable, and that’s wrong. It should be remembered that depression gradually improves and there is no way to improve suddenly.