Depression is a medical illness that can affect the individual and those around them. Defined as a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, it is estimated that major depressive disorder affects 14.8 million American adults according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Although depression is thought of as a general term, there are different kinds of depression, including:
- Atypical Depression
- Chronic Depression
- Manic Depression
- Dysthymic Disorder
Generally speaking, depression is an illness that can affect an individual’s sleep, eating habits, work-life, relationships and more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression is more commonly experienced by persons between 45 and 64 years of age, those who have less than high school education, and those who are unemployed or out of work with no health insurance.
Depression may be experienced for different reasons, however, it is also a common side effect of a traumatic accident. If you or a loved one has suffered from depression due to another party’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
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Know The Signs Of Depression
Most people have occasional feelings of sadness or loss of interest, but with depression the signs and symptoms are much more serious and long-lasting. Minor depression is often characterized by having symptoms for 2 weeks while dysthymic disorder may be distinguished due to symptoms for 2 years or more.
Generally speaking, some common signs of depression include (but are not limited to):
- Irritable Moods
- Feelings of Hopelessness
- Persistent sad, “empty” feelings
- Insomnia or Excessive Sleeping
- Decreased Energy
- Loss of Interest in Hobbies
- Overeating or Appetite Loss
- Aches, Pains and Cramps
- Digestive Issues
- Difficulty Concentrating
Those dealing with depression may also have thoughts of suicide, death or dying. Depressions affect all people differently, some people may find it difficult to sleep while others could feel tired no matter how much sleep they get. Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should seek help right away as depression is a treatable mental illness.
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What Are The Causes Of Depression?
Depression can be experienced for many reasons, some people may only experience such a time once in their lifetime while others could have recurrent episodes of depression. Depression is a hereditary disease that can run in families however other factors can cause the illness such as hormones and biological differences.
Depression can often occur after a traumatic event, including:
Amongst the elderly, depression can happen when they are adapting to being in a new home, when they lose their independence (unable to drive or problems getting around), and due to feeling isolated or lonely.
Depending on the type of depression a person is suffering from, the type of treatment can vary. It is important to seek professional medical assistance as depression can also sometimes be mistaken for other types of mental illness such as bipolar disorder.
Some of the more common forms of treatment include:
Medication – Antidepressants are primarily used to work on the brain’s neurotransmitters, particularly serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine; all of which are involved in regulating an individual’s mood.
Psychotherapy– Includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT). CBT helps people restructure their negative thought patterns and IPT helps people understand work and through difficult relationships that could be furthered in their depression.
Brain Stimulation – Typically a final option for those who may not respond well to other types of treatment, this procedure has electrical currents sent through the brain in order to trigger a brief seizure. Also known as an electroconvulsive treatment, it can change a person’s brain chemistry to reverse the symptoms of certain mental illnesses.
In some cases more than one type of therapy may be used to treat a person suffering from depression. Oftentimes both medication and psychotherapy will be used in conjunction with one another while ECT is usually followed up with prescription medication as well.
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If you or a loved one is suffering from depression that has been caused by another individual’s carelessness, the victim may be entitled to compensation. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we understand how difficult it can be to deal with a personal injury, particularly those that affect everyday life which is why we believe that all injury-causing parties should be held responsible for their actions.
With more than 140 years of combined legal experience, we are dedicated to helping accident injury victims for their right to the MAXIMUM amount of compensation obtainable under Connecticut law. We have offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury and New London, and serve clients throughout Connecticut.
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