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Severe Depression - Severe Depression Symptoms, Sign and Treatment of Severe Depression

Severe Depression does not indicate weak character and it should not be considered something shameful that needs to be hidden. Depression is not something that a person can control or prevent by willpower or determination. In it's most severe forms, depression appears to be a chemical imbalance that may occur at any time, even when life is going well.

As depressive disorders become more severe, all the features in depressive episode occur with greater intensity. There is complete loss of function in social and occupational spheres. The patients in attention to basic hygiene and nutrition may give rise to fears for his well being. In addition, certain distinctive features may occur in the form of delusions and hallucinations; the disorder is then sometimes called psychotic depression.

The delusions of severe depressive disorders are concerned with the same themes as the non delusional thinking of moderate depressive disorders. Therefore they are termed mood congruent.

Symptoms of Severe Depression includes:

In severe depression sufferers will probably not function with any degree of reliability. The some of the common symptoms of severe depression are as follows:

  • considerable distress or agitation,
  • loss of self-esteem or feelings of uselessness and guilt,
  • They will tend to lack any desire to talk to others or to look after themselves,
  • They may show a great deal of restlessness and general agitation, but will not do anything constructive,
  • In some cases the feelings of unworthiness and self-disgust may lead sufferers to 'hear voices',
  • They may also believe that they have had visitations from the devil or other dark forces,
  • Suicidal thought.

People in this state are unable to lead any kind of normal life.

What is the Treatment of Severe Depression?

It is vital that professional help and treatment is sought as soon as possible and that treatment is adhered to. As with all major illnesses, during major depression we need additional support on a daily basis both in managing the symptoms and to provide help with treatment.

  • Severe Depression Medication

There are many different types of antidepressant medication, and your doctor may recommend suitable antidepressant to take during severe depression. Make sure your doctor understands your situation and the considerations and concerns you have.

  • Severe Depression Therapy

Talking to specially trained Doctor or counselor helps many people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is called 'therapy'. There are different approaches to psychological therapy and all, regardless of the particular philosophy, aim to help people overcome emotional and behavioural problems.

  • Severe Depression Self Help and support

One of the most insidious aspects of depression is that there is a tendency to attribute the symptoms to other factors in our lives. A lack of enjoyment, motivation or increased irritability at home may be considered to be due to a (possibly non-existent) problem with personal relationships. So, have faith, remember, you are not alone. Remember sadness is always temporary. This, too, shall pass.

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i think that psychotic depressed people have a lot in common with their past..their past personally might be responsible for their feeling or it can also be due to severe feelings of loneliness and recent incidents that might have a big deal to do with their depression...this includes hallucination..i think it is very sad that people are feeling really sad and that hallucinations are occuring..it isounds weird to certain people..but i think in scientific terms..hallucinations can be treated with psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.thank you for letting me share this comment.
Preethi (3/27/2006)

Sometimes crying or laughing
are the only options left,
and laughing feels better right now.

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