What do you think about depression is it a real thing or an imaginary one? well to depression is pretty much real unfortunately is treatable.

Moreover, if you understand certain facts about depression you can save some lives too.

When it comes to potential causes of depression, I must say there are many. Some people say that depression runs in their family, and believe me when I tell you that it is possible for a family to inherit depression due to one or multiple reasons.

This holds true for people with bipolar disorder or manic depression. Let’s talk about it more.

Depression is linked with Genes

Based on various studies on different families that have bipolar disorder in multiple generations, it was found that those who developed this disorder had got differences in their genes as compared to most of the people who did not develop it.

On the other hand, there were other people who had genes for this disorder but they did not develop it. This also means that a stressful professional life along with a hectic domestic schedule, especially for women, is among other crucial factors.

Major depression is also an issue or disorder that seems to run in families and can go up to multiple generations. However, people with no family history of depression can also develop it.

No matter what the cause is, major depression is often found to be associated with certain changes in the brain function or structure of an individual. Then there are certain physical changes in the body that can also trigger multiple health problems such as depression.

As per multiple researchers, diseases like a heart attack, cancer, Parkinson’s, and stroke can also cause depression.

Depression in Women

As per various studies, women are more prone to experience depression typically twice as men. Certain hormonal factors also contribute to increased depression among women, such as pregnancy, irregular menstrual cycle, miscarriage, perimenopause, and menopause etc.

On top of that, women also face additional stress factors in the name of responsibilities both at work and home.

Many women are found vulnerable to depression after childbirth. Certain physical and hormonal changes along with added responsibilities after marriage can be the factors leading to postpartum depression.

Some women get sad quite often, especially after becoming mothers; however, a long, full depressive episode is not at all normal and thus requires intervention.

Depression in Men

As compared to women, men are less likely to face or suffer from depression; however, around 3 to 4 million men in the United States are in the clutches of depression.

It is a common scenario among men that they less likely to admit to depression and therefore doctors are hardly able to suspect it. It is also true that more women try to attempt suicide, whereas more men actually commit suicide worldwide.

Statistics state that depressed men above 65 years of age are more likely to commit suicide and white old men after 85 years of age.

The effects of depression on the physical health of a man pretty much different from those on a woman’s. A study found that men are more likely to die of coronary heart disease following depression.

However, depression in men can be masked by alcohol or drugs or excessively long working hours rather than feeling helpless or hopeless. They may also be seen irritated, discouraged, and angry.

Irrespective of whether a man realizes that he is pretty much into depression, he may be less likely to seek help as compared to a woman.

In order to tackle such issues, organizations conduct employee assistance workshops or various mental health programs that can easily help men understand and agree to be in depression and the fact that they need treatment.

Depression in Children

Depression in children is quite easy to catch, as a child pretends to be sick, cling to a parent or refused to go to school.

As the normal behavior of children varies from one stage to another, it can be sometimes difficult to understand and tell that whether a child is going through depression or it is just a temporary phase.

On the other hand, older children may get a negative mindset, may feel kind of misunderstood, or get into trouble at school or home.

Parents must understand or suspect depression when a teacher complaints that their child is behaving strange or doesn’t seem to be himself at certain times. In such a stage, parents must consider visiting a pediatrician to evaluate their child’s mental health.

Depression in the Elderly

While many people in their old age feel satisfied and happy with their life, others commonly feel depressed and it is pretty normal for anyone at that age.

In fact, depression among the elderly is often considered a part of aging that causes unnecessary suffering for the family and individuals in the neighborhood. Depressed elderly individuals often openly speak about their physical symptoms with their doctor but they may not be open about their emotions.

Depression in the elderly could also be because of the side-effects of a certain medication that they have been taking for one or more health issues. Once a diagnosis of depression is successfully made, it is possible for that person to return to a happier, more fulfilling life with appropriate medication or psychotherapy.

In fact, psychotherapy is pretty much useful and often proves to be helpful in the elderly, especially when they won’t take medication.

The Bottom Line

In today’s world, depression is quite common among children, men, women, and not to forget the elderly. The affected individual certainly requires a bit of extra care along with prescribed medication, or psychotherapy (if suggested) but he or she can certainly be brought back to normal life with the additional hassle and pretty much of responsibility.

Such individuals are also a part of our society and we should give them a fair chance come back to their regular life.