One thing you need to clearly understand about depression, it is not ‘1-size fits all’. It can vary from person to person. The same goes for its effect on weight or its role in causing other mental disorders such as anxiety and anger.
If you have it, it may make you feel that your live is useless and you may get trouble in doing your normal daily activities. It also can be potential to affect you productivity and put you at greater chance of losing your job, which then will cause a cascade of other problems.
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Experts and doctors often don’t have the answer about this issue with certainty. But most of them believe that it does run in the family.
If you have a family history of depression, this doesn’t mean that you will definitely have and experience the same condition but your risk is relatively a bit higher.
One study suggests that the risk of developing this mood disorder likely involves a combination between multiple genes and other different factors (such as environmental factors). According to Mayo Clinic, other conditions /factors that may increase the risk are as follows:
- Certain medications, such as sleeping pills and certain drugs for high blood pressure.
- If you have certain personality traits (such as having pessimistic or low self-esteem).
- You have had depression before.
- If you have bad personal relationships or have few friends.
- Gender! As noted before, depression is much more common in women.
- Abusing illicit drugs, alcohol, or even nicotine.
- Did you ever heard about postpartum depression? It is a kind of depression that typically occurs in women who recently getting given birth. It is also pretty common in those who recently have a miscarriage.
- A traumatic incident as a child.
- Certain serious health conditions also increase the risk. Some of these health problems are cancer, HIV /AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s.
- A traumatic or stressful event — such as losing loved people (like parent, brother, sister, children, etc).
Anxiety is one of basic signs of depression, particularly in depressed women. While depressed men tend to feel suspicious & guarded, depressed women are more likely to feel anxious & scared – according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
First things first, you need to clearly understand that anxiety and depression are not the same condition. Each has its own behavioral & emotional symptoms!
But in fact, people with depression (particularly depressed women) also often experience symptoms similar to those of anxiety disorder such as poor concentrating, sleeping problems, irritability, and nervousness – according to ADAA (the Anxiety and Depression Association of America).
Furthermore, many depressed patients also have a personal history of anxiety earlier in their life.
As mentioned before, this mood disorder can lead to a lot of symptoms, including anger. Some depressed people, however, become sad rather than angry – while others become angry rather than sad.
According to Help Guide Org (one of trusted non-profit resources), depressed men are likely to feel irritable, angry, or ego-inflated – while depressed women are more likely to feel apathetic, sad, or worthless. Nevertheless, there is also a chance for both depressed men and women to experience all of these symptoms.
A feeling of angry form depression could be harder to control! Joining into a support group, therapy & counseling, and taking medications if necessary are some treatment options.
If patient have thoughts of suicide /death or even have some suicide attempts, a comprehensive treatment plan is necessary!
According to some studies archived and published in 2010 in the Achieves of General Psychiatry, depression may have a role to factor into changes of weight. Appetite loss and sleep problems with the disorder are probably often to blame.