Definition of Depression

Depression is a state of mind the person is in after experiencing an event that cause resentment and anger in him.  Depression can be a natural and justifiable reaction of people towards events; it becomes a disorder when this feeling becomes long-term and disproportionate to the reason that caused it.

Depression is regularly felt by about 100 million people throughout the world and is one of the most prevalent mental conditions experienced by people globally. Other bad news is that this disorder seems to be affecting more and more children each year.  This treatable condition also is one the most left untreated disorders today.

Depression has many forms of treatment and each treatment may work successfully on different kinds of people.  Western medical treatments for depression are done by psychologists, psychiatrists and other doctors.  These types of specialists often prescribe certain medications to their patients.

Some of the factors that may give way to depression include:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Childhood abuse
  • Relationship problems
  • Established undesirable behavioural patterns
  • Environment
  • Longstanding negative outlook
  • Chemical imbalance in the brain
  • Medication

Chemical imbalance in the brain often involves the lack of three chemicals responsible for a person “feeling good.” These are the chemicals norepinehprine, dopamine and serotonin.

Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

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