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The Psychology of the Mind & What Happens When Depressed

7 . 11 . 2018

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Depression can happen to anyone. People are capable of feeling sadness, and sometimes this sadness can go to lengths or extents that no one would ever imagine to reach in their lives.

However, just because depression is common doesn’t mean it’s something that should be taken lightly or can be ignored.

It might help to understand that there are actually a lot of people in the world with some degree of depression. In the United States alone, 16.2 million adults, or 6.7% of the population, had at least one major episode of depression for a given year. An example is persistent depressive disorder, which happens to 1.5% of adults in the country in a year; 2.8% of adults have bipolar disorder, which is another kind of depressive disorder. Seasonal depression and postpartum depression occur in up to 5% and 80% of adults and mothers, respectively.

Depression: What Happens to the Depressed Mind?

Psychiatrists and professionals from institutions such as Psychologist Southern Sydney are available to help you deal with problems related to depression should you need professional assistance. However, seeking assistance and availing help can be tricky if you yourself do not understand your situation or you are not aware that you are in need of help. Here’s a deeper look into the psychology of the depressed mind:

  • You feel fatigued about everything for some reason: People experience being burnt out every now and then, but fatigue from depression is another beast entirely. This is especially if you feel a bit more tired than usual to the point of not wanting to get out of bed anymore. Fatigue is an especially prevalent symptom to those with a major depressive disorder, so take note of this feeling especially if it starts to be more overwhelming than usual.
  • You experience pains and aches all over your body: Depression is both a physical and an emotional condition, which means the state of your body can be generally affected by depression in general. Depression can cause tensions in the joints and muscles, such as the back and neck. Some also experience tightness in their chests and irregular patterns of breathing. Check if your body has become more tense than usual, especially from both internal and external stress, as this may be also a sign of depression.
  • You get frequent headaches: If your body feels tension, you can also get headaches. When depression appears, it can affect the neurohormones and neurotransmitters in the body, which in the long run can impact the way your bodily systems function in terms of inflammatory and stress responses. People with a migraine are actually two (2) to three (3) times more likely to experience depression than the general population.
  • You start having sleeping issues: If you find yourself wanting to doze off in the middle of the afternoon but find yourself active at 3 AM, you might have clinical depression. This is especially if your lack of sleep is accompanied by feelings of sadness and anxiety. Restless sleep, insomnia, and sleepiness that are accompanied by sadness that you can’t explain might be a key sign of depression you shouldn’t ignore.
  • You start experiencing digestion issues: Frequent stomach problems, surprisingly, can be a sign of anxiety or depression. This is a common symptom of these conditions, especially with teens and kids. If you check your children or someone young you know, their stomach problems are often connected to anxiety at school and in their peer-to-peer relationships.
  • You may feel as though your brain just “stopped” working on you: When you feel depressed or anxious, you may notice changes in your mental state. You can feel drained all the time, and as such you have difficulty concentrating or remembering. Sometimes you just need to take some time off to rest and clear your head.

The Bottom Line: Being Aware of a Depressed Mind Is the First Step to Healing

It helps to understand that depression is not uncommon; it can happen to anyone. However, this doesn’t mean that depression should be ignored, especially if it happens to you or the people close to you. It can be tricky to recognize this disturbance. However, with the above in mind, you can examine yourself to know if you have depression so that you can take further steps to confirm it and explore ways to be free from it.

 

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