Depression, variously known as a major depressive disorder, clinical depression and unipolar disorder, is a mental condition whose most distinctive characteristic is pervasive sadness. Even as the medical and social discourse around depression has become more nuanced in recent times, people tend to be very ignorant of various aspects of depression as a severe mood disorder. Here are seven vital facts about depression that enhances understanding of the condition.
Many people wrongly assume that difficult life situations and traumatic events alone may trigger depression. However, in many individuals, biochemical processes that are symptomatic of depression may occur without identifiable situational causes being present. These biochemical processes control the neurotransmitters that regulate mood. These neurotransmitters can malfunction without an apparent reason causing depression. Therefore, anyone exhibiting symptoms of depression should seek a medical assessment, regardless of the existence of situational triggers. Depression, whether biochemicals or an event cause it, is a severe illness which requires prompt attention and the support of friends, family members, and co-workers.
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