Recover through the use of a strength building model and a happiness model. Chronic depression is described as depression that lasts for anywhere from two weeks to six months.
All of us feel sad from time to time. This is just a part of the human experience. Periodic depression is characterized by sadness and low energy. Day to day pressures come against us. Perhaps family relationships are strained. Maybe school isn’t going as it should. Social life may be impaired. Whatever the reason, feelings can range toward a downward spiral when circumstances precipitate sadness. Depression becomes a problem when crippling malaise disrupts the process of life; when job performance is hindered; or when family life is interrupted. Biologically, depression is characterized by a lack of neurotransmitters in the brain, particularly serotonin. Treatment may include medicacton or alternative modalities such as vitamin or mineral therapy. Chronic depression is serious and quite debilitating. Yet there is hope for recovery from chronic depression.
Major depressive episodes may occur for no particular reason. Suddenly, the patient feels a debilitating sadness. The episode is said to be major when it lasts for two weeks or more. Some individuals experience major depression only once or twice. Others may have episodes throughout their whole lives. Chronic depression is longer lasting
Brain changes can occur in chronic depression. The hippocampus may be smaller in patients with chronic depression.
Dysthymia is described as a low grade feeling of sadness that persists over a long period of time. People suffering from dysthymia can function quite well on a day to day basis.
Depression with psychotic episodes, which was my diagnosis, is characterized by psychotic events. This can be quite frightening and life threatening.
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