The way human mind works is a mystery unsolvable even after extensive researches by scientists through centuries. No researcher or scientist could be able to give a set formula for what makes human mind happy or sad. They have only been able to deduce that as there are some sunny days and some cloudy ones, human mind also feels happy or joyous on some days and on others it is naturally down or sad. In fact, there is nothing abnormal in feeling down or a bit depressed, even without any reason.
Victim of Depression
However, feeling depressed and being a victim of depression are two different things and the later can be really dangerous in some cases. In order to determine which stage of depression a person is in a reliable depression clinic or a registered professional psychologist must be headed to. There the whole medical and emotional history of the person concerned is recorded in a systematic manner on the basis of which a diagnosis is formed by the psychologist or psychiatrist. When the patient cannot give out the necessary information about himself or herself, observations of family or relatives and friends come to aid the psychologist. After diagnosing the problem and its severity through study of the symptoms, a treatment procedure or counselling session is prescribed in the general cases of depression.
Every mental health care hospital, psychological institute or psychiatric clinic has a separate depression clinic in the recent times dedicated to serve only the cases of depression. Here every case is studied with utmost importance and individualized care and treatment is given.
Depressions can arouse out of so varied a range of reasons that no set pattern can be established as to what causes depression. Generally, a death of or separation from someone dear, a prolonged illness, professional failure, traumas are some common reasons that have been linked with depression.
Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms of depression are very common in patients from any corner of the world. A prolonged phase of sadness, feeling weepy, lacking interest in doing something that used to be a favorite chore or hobby, unwillingness to talk or communicate with others, feeling lethargic most of the time, lack of hunger or feeling hungry all the time, lack of sleep or sleeping for too long, sudden weight loss, losing self-esteem or self-worth, finding it difficult to concentrate and work properly are some of the usual signs of depression.
The more dangerous symptom is having suicidal thoughts or even attempting it. When depression reaches this level a medical practitioner’s help is sought immediately and the patient is taken under continuous supervision. Medication, counselling and behavioral and other therapies can bring a patient of depression back to the mainstream of life.