Depression is a state of sadness or apathy that lasts for more than two weeks and that significantly affects our quality of life.
Within the depression s and distinguish the depressive episode and dysthymia. A depressive episode is characterized by a feeling of marked sadness, lack of appetite, difficulty sleeping, feelings of guilt and a feeling of inferiority. These symptoms last at least two weeks and are not due to a grieving death or separation from a loved one. A depressive episode is very painful, and it is important to fight it as soon as possible to avoid becoming chronic and more likely to relapse.
Dysthymia is a sad or apathetic chronic mood. The sadness is less intense, but it is maintained for at least two years. The symptoms are a state of sadness almost every day accompanied by hopelessness, apathy, fatigue, low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating and lack (or excess) of appetite. Combating dysthymia is a hard task, since becoming chronic becomes part of the person’s way of being, which may even seem to forget what it was like before being so sad. Therefore, an early intervention and a therapeutic process are essential. Both depression and dysthymia are fought through the performance of activities, social activities, support from the environment, cognitive restructuring and interpersonal therapy.
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