Excellent post by Dr Damon Ashworth
If you walk into a bookstore these days, there is an ever expanding self-help section, all claiming to have the secret answer to help you to overcome your Depression. But do these titles even teach us anything new, and do they actually help individuals to improve?
What is Depression?
Although it is considered normal to experience short episodes of sadness or depressed mood, Depression, formally known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), is a psychological disorder of pervasively lowered mood that is accompanied by several physiological, cognitive and behavioural changes. These changes include:
- lack of interest or pleasure in most activities
- loss of energy
- insomnia or hypersomnia
- psychomotor agitation or retardation
- increased or decreased appetite
- substantial weight gain or loss without intending to do so
- feelings of worthlessness
- excessive or inappropriate guilt
- concentration difficulties, and
- recurrent thoughts, plans or intentions towards death or suicide.
In order to meet criteria for…
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