How about mild depression

Psychiatry, Psychosomatics & Psychotherapy

21.01.2013

Also have episodic and mild depression clarified

Depression is a mental illness that can manifest itself in numerous complaints. Depression is also very diverse in terms of its severity and its course over time.

Depression is very diverse in terms of its severity and its course over time. Typical symptoms of this disease such as depression, listlessness, sleep disorders and difficulty concentrating can appear very difficult in the short term, and you can almost force a doctor's visit because everyday life is no longer possible. Depression can, however, also appear insidious and weak and fluctuate. With this form, those affected are often reluctant to see a specialist. “However, people with mild, recurring depressive episodes should not be afraid to seek professional help, as they run the risk of developing more severe depression over time or the initially milder form becoming chronic. Not only the psychological but also the physical symptoms, such as sleep disorders, concentration disorders and states of exhaustion, can make coping with everyday life considerably more difficult and represent a great burden, ”says Dr. Christa Roth-Sackenheim, Chairwoman of the Professional Association of German Psychiatrists (BVDP) based in Krefeld. “As a rule, the more pronounced it is and the longer it has existed, the longer it takes to treat depression. Therefore, early therapy by a specialist is important, also in order to alleviate the course of the disease. ”Basically, depression can be treated very well today, and there are different therapeutic options available depending on the course. In the treatment - especially of mild forms - antidepressants are not generally used, but they are an important treatment option. Antidepressants are able to lighten the mood and normalize the drive. At the same time, they also reduce the stressful physical symptoms that depression can result. “Psychotherapy has an equal status alongside pharmacotherapy. Both therapy methods can be combined or used alone, ”explains Dr. Roth-Sackenheim, which is based in Andernach. "This is where appropriate suggestions are made to the patient, taking into account the different treatment prospects. The patients can also have a say in the treatment planning. ”In some cases - especially in the case of severe depression with a risk of suicide - pharmacotherapy can generally not be dispensed with in the interests of the patient. Depression is a mental illness that manifests itself in numerous complaints can. Persistent depressed mood, inhibition of drive and thinking, loss of interest, and a variety of physical symptoms ranging from exhaustion and insomnia to appetite disorders and pain are possible signs. Loss of sexual interest, irritability and anxiety are also (early) symptoms. “The majority of those affected sooner or later have suicidal thoughts. If people notice such dark thoughts in themselves, even if they seem completely undecided and ambitious, they should definitely turn to a specialist in psychiatry, ”advises the doctor. One speaks of unipolar depression when there are depressive phases but no manic phases. If, in addition to the symptoms of depression, lack of drive and lack of interest, there are phases of unfounded, excessively elevated and distant mood (mania), a so-called bipolar disorder is present. In addition, a distinction is made between other forms of depression, such as dysthemia, a slight depressive mood that usually lasts for more than 2 years. The BVDP press release is released for publication provided the source is indicated. When used in print, please refer to the BVDP information portal, www .psychiater-im-netz.de, out. In the case of online publication, we request a link to the website.