The Health Affects Of Untreated Depression
Clinical depression is major depression and it is a health game changer. On going daily, untreated depression affects eating behaviors, sleeping patterns and impacts the way you feel about yourself. Being depressed also affects those surrounding your life, especially the ones you love the most or the people you work with on a daily basis. It is not a passing moment that can be ignored or hope it goes away. It is a disease which can be treated once diagnosed.
There are signs and triggers you can detect. Learning and becoming aware of the affects for untreated depression we can help depression with the proper treatment and it can be resolved.
Affects Of Untreated Depression To Our Health
What are common signs of disrupted sleep-insomnia with untreated depression?
Signs of insomnia include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Irritability and difficulty concentrating
- Sleep that never feels like “enough”
- Trouble falling asleep
- Trouble going back to sleep after waking up during the night
- Waking up at all hours of the night
- Waking up before the alarm clock goes off
The most telling symptoms of clinical depression is a change in sleep patterns. The most common problem is insomnia or people sometimes feel an increased need for sleep and experience excessive energy loss. Lack of sleep can cause some of the same symptoms as depression; extreme tiredness, loss of energy, and difficulty concentrating or making decisions
What are the common signs of drug and alcohol abuse with untreated depression?
Signs of drug and alcohol abuse include:
- Inability to maintain personal relationships
- Secretive alcohol use
- Unexplained memory loss
- Unwillingness to talk about drugs or alcohol
Alcohol and drug abuse are common among people with clinical depression. They’re especially common among teens and among young and middle-age males or females. It is very important to encourage these people to get help because they are more likely to attempt suicide.
What are the common triggers that can cause depression?
Signs of triggers:
- Death loses
- Financial loses
- Job loses
- Social loses
- Family loses
- Health loses
- Home loss
- Spousal abuse
Young or old men or women at one point of time a bout of depression is bound to crop up in a person’s life. There are so many ways a person can lose their spirit and become lost in the gray haze that completely clouds the mind. When untreated depression clouds all rational thoughts and feelings. When fully depressed the mind reacts by shutting down feelings. Often what replaces feelings is numbness which is a defense mechanism to block out pain.
Depression Has No Boundaries
Are the signs of untreated depression in men different from those in women?
More often men who have untreated clinical depression may exhibit more anger, frustration and violent behaviors. In addition, men with untreated depression may take to things that can cause great damage or danger, almost a sense of invincibility. Men are not aware that physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain, can be symptoms of male depression.
How does untreated depression affect family illness?
The most recent studies exploring health and major depression have looked at patients with stroke or coronary artery disease. The results have shown that people with major depression recovering from strokes or heart attacks have a difficult time making health care choices.
Living with a depressed person young or old is very difficult and stressful for family members and friends. It’s often helpful to have a family member involved in the evaluation and treatment of a depressed relative. Sometimes martial or even family therapy is indicated.
Why is untreated depression considered to be a disability?
Depression can render people disabled in their work life, and social life. Untreated depression is responsible for more than 200 million days lost from work each year. The annual cost of untreated depression is more than $43.7 billion in absenteeism from work, lost of productivity, and direct treatment costs. Corporate America is becoming more aware of the disease to recognize this is considered a disability.
Who can be treated successfully for clinical depression?
People who are depressed cannot simply “pull themselves together” and be cured. Without proper treatment, including antidepressants and/or psychotherapy, untreated clinical depression can last for weeks, months, or years. However, most people can be helped with the appropriate treatment.
More than 80% of people with clinical depression can be successfully treated with early recognition, intervention, and support. Most people do best with depression treatment using psychotherapy, medications, or a combination of both.
If you wish to seek an alternative way of being treated for major depression without having to suffer from the side-effects of medications, try Homeopathy. It is gentle and very effective along with psychotherapy.
Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHom(na), is a Board Certified Practitioner in Classical Homeopathy. Send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org