Facts About Depression

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Everyone gets the blues now and then, but when there is little joy or pleasure in a persons life, there may be a more serious problem. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some facts about depression that you may not know in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Depression is a common, serious illness and not a personal weakness. It can happen to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. It is never a normal part of life.

Here are some facts about depression.

Depression distorts your thinking. When you are depressed, your mind can play tricks on you.

Depression makes you selfish. Its very hard to think of other people when youre wrapped in a blanket of sadness, and all you can think about is your own pain.

Depression is experienced as anxiety 65 percent of the time.

Persistent irritability can be a symptom of depression. If the world, your life or your loved ones constantly tick you off, the cause might be something thats going on inside of you.

Chronic pain can be another symptom of depression. At the same time, being in continual discomfort can cause you to become depressed. When you are depressed and in pain, it can be hard to know which came first.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.