may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.
True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.
Depression - major; Unipolar depression; Major depressive disorder
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The exact cause of depression is not known. Many researchers believe it is caused by chemical changes in the brain. This may be due to a problem with your genes, or triggered by certain stressful events. More likely, it's a combination of both.
Some types of depression run in families. But depression can also occur if you have no family history of the illness. Anyone can develop depression, even kids.
The following may play a role in depression:
Alcohol or drug abuse
Certain medical conditi...
What is the difference between dysthymia and major depression? The simple answer is severity, but let me expand on this further. Technically, dysthymia is a pervasive "low level" depression that lasts a long time – often a few years. "Major Depression" is a discrete episode of severe depression. When it is gone, the patient is in "remission,” and feels completely normal. "Recurrent major depression" comprises discrete periods of major depression that come and go, while "major depression in partial remission" is a severe discrete episode that never completely gets better. How does that feel any differently than dysthymia, you might ask? It doesn't. These terms are descriptions, not different diseases. The problem with these terms is that the medications are pretty much the same: antidepressants. Ostensibly, the diagnosis is supposed to have predictive value. For example, there are high rates of relapse in partially treated depression, while dysthymi...
One of the first studies to look at serious physical trauma in patients reveals that nearly a third of the patients studied sustained sexual dysfunction even after a year passed since the trauma event. This particular study involved over 10,000 patients and 69 hospitals across 14 states. The incentive to do the study was prompted by surgeons of young trauma patients who were receiving these complaints of sexual dysfunction even though a year's time had passed and adequate healing (regardless of the type of physical trauma) had occurred.
The rate of sexual dysfunction nearly doubled when comparing under age 50 trauma patients to healthy patients in the same age group; it nearly tripled in the over age 50 age group when compared to the over 50 healthy populace. What was also really provocative was that the statistics of sexual dysfunction did not depend on what kind of physical trauma had occurred. It was expected that if the serious trauma involved the pe...
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