People who are lazy are just depressed

Depression - Signs and Causes of the Disease

From those affected as black hole and vicious circle of negativity described by society as before dismissed as an excuse and laziness. Hardly any other mental illness is as stressful and at the same time little recognized as depression. Around 350 million people worldwide suffer on it. If you consider that nobody likes to publicly admit it, you don't even want to know the number of unreported cases. Have you perhaps asked yourself the following question: "Am I Depressed"? Then this article may be able to help you answer that.

How common is depression?

Suffer in Germany currently 11.3 percent of women and 5.1 percent of men from depression. This mental illness affects women about twice as often. Annually there is about 5.3 million cases across Germany. In Austria it should be around 500,000. The problem with depression: It is a stressful mental illness. However, it is often not taken seriously and so is it There are still many rumors and misconceptions circulating on the Internet. Don't let that fool you and always see which page you read about mental illness.

How does depression show up?

A depressed person feels sad, his mood is depressed. In the things that made him happy in the past, he has no more interest and no more joy. In addition, listlessness is widespread. All of this is beyond the control of the person concerned. So if you experience such depressive symptoms in someone close to you, don't look the other way. Do not dismiss it as laziness, but question the behavior. If you think you might be depressed yourself, don't be ashamed of it. You didn't choose.

The graphic illustrates the different forms of depression

How does a depressed person feel?

People who have depression feel:

  • Fear and hopelessness
  • Tearfulness and inner emptiness
  • Inner unrest
  • Self-doubt and difficulty concentrating
  • strong feelings of guilt

These are the emotional symptoms of depression. Those affected do not consciously choose it. They suffer very much from what is also in complete isolation and not infrequently in suicidal thoughts can flow. The thoughts turn in circles and cover the mind like a gray veil.

How does a depressed person behave?

A depressed person shows the following behaviors, he:

  • eats less
  • has less desire for sex
  • wakes up early in the morning
  • withdraws very much
  • behaves quieter than usual

Unlike manic depression, unipolar depression shows passive behavior. The sick person looks as if he no longer wants to participate in life. In many cases this is true because the person is caught in their vicious circle.

What does a depressed person think?

If someone suffers from this mental illness, thoughts go round in circles:

  • "I am worthless."
  • "I'm no good."
  • "My life is not worth it (anymore)."
  • "I am a burden."
  • "I am a loser."

These thoughts do not need an external trigger, they are already there. You align yourself not only on the present, but also on the future. Depressed people can no longer see the beautiful things in life and do not expect any improvement in the future either.

What are the physical symptoms of depression?

Depressive illness is also associated with physical symptoms:

  • Headache and back pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Sensation of pressure on the chest
  • constipation
  • stomach problems

Symptoms of depression must be last longer than two weeks. If you notice yourself or your loved ones feeling sad and depressed for a long time, take action. Trust your intuition, you know best yourself when something is wrong. You should visit your GP for a final diagnosis. Get tips here if you as a relative are concerned.

Why do you get depression?

Is it a psychogenic depression, then the cause lies in the life story of the person concerned. Depressed people were like through events Death, separation or loss of job thrown off track. Also permanent conflicts, permanent psychological stress and strokes of fate can make you depressed. Negative childhood experiences or trauma also favor this mental illness.

However, there are also those organic depression. In this form, a physical illness is to blame for the mood. These include, for example Thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and strokes. Then there are those too endogenous depression. This leads to changes in certain areas of the brain, such as the Hippocampus, amygdala, and frontal lobe. Besides, this is Balance between the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine disturbed.

What to do in case of depression

The first important step is to admit that you are depressed, the second, that you don't blame yourself for it. Once this has happened, there is no getting around the family doctor. He then uses the symptoms mentioned above to determine whether it is a depressive illness. He also determines if she easy, moderate or difficult is. He can do one too Referral for psychotherapy exhibit. Even if you just can't see or believe it, we have an important message for you, which are best read through every day.

How is Depression Treated?

Treatment methods differ depending on the severity of the disease. For example, if you have mild depression, you can take advantage of our online counseling. You will learn pleasant activities, pleasure training, activation, finding out negative thoughtsand realistic adaptation this. It is also advisable to do psychotherapy. Is it a severe depression, psychotropic drugs are also often prescribed. These are especially helpful when it comes to endogenous depression.

No matter what type of depression you have, get help. You don't have to find the light at the end of the tunnel by yourself. In a depressed mood, it is sad and lonely. I am sure you can still vaguely remember that you had a life prior to depression. Get it back!

If you or relatives think of suicide, get help immediately, regardless of whether you are in Austria or Germany.


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