Depression is a common and serious medical disorder that negatively affects your feelings, thoughts, and behavior. Fortunately, it can also be treated. Sadness and/or a loss of interest in previous hobbies are symptoms of depression. It can impair your ability to perform at work and home and lead to a variety of mental and physical problems.
Depression and grief may co-exist. Some people experience depression as a result of a loved one passing away, losing their job, becoming the victim of physical violence, or experiencing a big tragedy. When depression co-exists with grief, the grief is more severe and lasts longer than grief alone.
An individual’s brain chemistry may contribute to their depression and may influence how they are treated. Therefore, doctors may prescribe antidepressants to assist change someone’s brain chemistry. These medications are not sedatives, tranquilizers, or “uppers.” They do not turn into routines. People who are not depressed often don’t experience any stimulating effects from antidepressants.