If you suffer from self doubt, anxiety, crippling depression, or just the general blues, telling you not to worry probably isn’t going to help. As a matter of fact, it might just annoy you. But, maybe the fact that you are not alone, would provide the tiniest amount of solace.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the number one diagnosed mental health condition throughout the entire world. It is estimated that as many as 300 million people worldwide struggle with depression in their daily lives.
What Is Crippling Depression?
Depression will showcase itself through symptoms like constant negative moods, tiredness, and a serious lack of motivation. It can seriously disrupt a person’s life, by impairing their ability to enjoy their work and even their relationships.
High functioning depression is also quite common. Even though high functioning depression may not appear to be as severe as classic depression does, it can also disrupt you day to day life.
Crippling Depression is depression that is so severe that it overtakes your whole life. Your daily tasks, even the ones that used to be enjoyable and fun, are tedious and totally unbearable. Crippling depression can also be called major depressive disorder or major depression.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression is going to be different for each person who experiences it. The level of severity will also vary greatly from person to person. One person may experience just the blues and another can experience brutal crippling depression.
Some of the most prevalent symptoms that identify depression include:
- Consistently feeling sad or bummed out
- Feelings of numbness
- Lacking energy and motivation to do things you would normally enjoy
- Changes in your typical activity level on a day to day basis
- Having a hard time concentrating or staying focused
- Greater difficulty in completing your regular daily self-care activities like eating, showering, cleaning, and organizing your personal areas
- Changes in your sleeping habits like difficulty falling or staying asleep, or even sleeping much more than is usual for you
- Experiencing a dramatic or sudden change in weight, whether it is a loss or a gain
Causes of Depression
Recent research indicates that there are many components that contribute to depression. Some of these factors include genetics, a change in hormone levels, some medical conditions, stress, grief, or tough life situations.
The brain has a delicate chemistry and mood. Things like stress, drug or alcohol use, and hormone changes can affect that chemistry or cause chemical imbalances in the brain, resulting in feelings of depression.
A few factors of depression may include:
- Biological Components – Brain chemicals will have a significant impact on whether or not a person will develop depression.
- Thinking Habits – People who consistently struggle with low self-esteem and negative thinking are at a higher risk of developing depression, or even crippling depression.
- Gender Differences – Women suffer from depression almost twice as often in comparison to men. There may be several reasons for this including hormonal changes throughout menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause, in addition to the stress brought on by the myriad of responsibilities that women have.
- Additional Illnesses – There is a higher chance of depression occurring in tandem with other illnesses, like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and certain hormonal disorders.
- Medications – Many medications have negative side effects and can result in depression.
- Situational – Troubling life events, like divorce, financial issues or the death of a loved one can contribute to depression.
Who Suffers Most from Depression
According to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), women experience depression twice as frequently as men. However, based on the potentially high number of people who suffer from depression and do not seek help, these numbers may not be accurate.
Losing, or starting a new career, presents its own challenges and stresses. As does the ending of old relationship and the need to create new relationships. The stress of evaluating your new coworkers, and your place among them can become overwhelming. Children attending new schools can experience an almost identical form of stress and potential depression. If the stress experienced is too overwhelming, it may progress into crippling depression.