Depression is a normal emotion that comes and goes with life. It is a chemical release in the brain known as Dopemine that is probably responsible for the emotion Depression.

When someone dies or we lose our job, we may feel periods of sadness. That is Depression. Sometimes we move away from friends and family and that may cause Depression. Various circumstances that are disappointing in nature, may cause us to feel Depression. Sometimes financial problems or family arguements leading to anger may cause Depression. This feeling of sadness will normally pass and the individual can ususally function despite the sadness.

However, when depression becomes persistent and is constant, it is Chronic Depression. Depression and Chronic Depression hurts physically and drains your energy. There may be increased periods of crying and lack of concentration; to name a few symptoms. Medications and talk therapy may be necessary for the individual to overcome or manage the Depression symptoms. When this Chronic Depression occurs, individuals are usually physically and mentally debilitated by the chemical imbalance of the brain that causes Chronic Depression.

The daily routine of the individual suffering from Chronic Depression is interrupted. Chronic Depression drains your body of potassium and that contributes to low energy. Chronic Depression affects your muscles and that causes aches and pains. It is no wonder most people suffering from untreated Chronic Depression lay around in bed while the housework builds up and he or she has no interest in grooming or eating. A person with Chronic Depression may be frequently absent from work as well or be frequently losing jobs due to poor performance (lack of concentration).

In addition, Chronic Depression may bring on persistent thoughts of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide. An individual's self-esteem may be very low during this time. This is why it is crucial to seek medical treatment if you suspect a family member or a loved one suffers from Chronic Depression.

Some symptoms to look out for are: eating disorders such as sudden loss of appetite or increase in binge eating, sleep disorder, no interest in normal things such as television, work, activities, sex, appearance, suicidal expressions, poor judgment, alcohol/drug abuse, excessive worrying, and withdrawal from family.

If you suspect that you or a loved one suffers from Depression, discuss it with your healchare provider, pastor, or reach out to resource organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness or the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Prevention of Chronic Depression is possible. A healthy diet and exercise helps to cope and manage Depression. Staying positive and keeping positive people in your life contributes to peace and happiness.

Another important point is that even while taking medicine and seeking treatment for Depression or Chronic Depression, there still may be periods in your life when you feel sadness. That is because Depression is a normal feeling that everybody experiences from time to time. So, do not panic when Depression occurs and feel like your medications are not working. Continue all medications as prescribed.

Understand that the sadness will pass, but you want to monitor that it does not happen all day every day for two weeks or more. Depression should not stop you from living a quality of life. Talk to a close friend or family member about something that is seriously worrying you. You can usually identify what that serious worry is because it will nag you. It will be the last thing you are thinking about before you drift off to sleep and the first thing on your mind when you wake up. A therapist or friend or family member can help you talk through it, devise a plan, and solve the problem properly.

Also, exercise and diet are important, too, and if you have a hobby or special interest such as writing, you may want to spend a little more time with your craft while you work through the sadness or matter that is worrying you. Relaxtion techniques such as a nice walk, listening to soft music, meditating are ways to get pass normal Depression Avoiding the news, alcohol, drugs, and "hot" topics at the dinner table can also help. As much as you can, do not give in to Depression because it will come to pass.

Lastly, the most important thing to remember is that treatment is available to individuals suffering from Depression and Chronic Depression. When one person hurts from the affects of Depression, the entire family hurts.

Author's Bio: 

Agnes B. Levine
Founder/President of Levine-Oliver Publisher.com
Author of: "Cooling Well Water: A Collection
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