The consequences of depression

Bad moods are a familiar phenomenon for all of us. Some of us are more prone to episodes of low mood, some less so, but everyone agrees that no one likes being in such a state for long. Often low moods are not taken seriously, some even treat them with contempt and call this state “weak willpower,” or “a desire to draw attention to yourself, to be pitied,” etc. Of course, there are times when we can display a “bad” mood in order to get attention, care, and other benefits, but when we are faced with experiencing rather than displaying a depressed mood, especially if the condition lasts long, it is something that already requires serious attention.

The fact is that a low moo

d for two weeks or more is already a symptom of a depressed state. But here again you can be confronted with the opinion that depression is “for wimps,” treatment of depression is “nonsense, it will pass, you just need to pull yourself together,” “going to a psychiatrist/psychotherapist is stupid” and other stigmas. All such attitudes, in the end, can lead to the fact that the person remains depressed for a long time, it does not find treatment, and acquires a lingering chronic course. And that’s where new problems arise, because chronic depression has its own consequences. Let’s discuss them. To prevent them, different medications are used. One of them is

1. Social and economic consequences: a long lowered mood depletes the psyche, working capacity and desire to achieve goals falls. The person works worse than he/she could, does not reach the professional and career heights he/she could reach, does not have the wealth he/she could have, etc. Also interpersonal contacts suffer – in order to make friends, to love, to maintain various kinds of relations, you need strength, but chronic depression takes them away or makes you believe that they simply do not exist.

2. Deteriorating health – it’s no secret that the physiological processes in our bodies have a clear correlation with mental well-being. Chronic depression can lead to the emergence of psychosomatics, or to an aggravation of already existing physical ailments.

3. Reduction of cognitive functions (attention, memory) and intellectual potential – many studies have found that long-term depression leads to organic changes in the brain, thus can have a negative impact on our memory, attention and intellect. This point is especially important in the case of the elderly and children.

4. personality (character) changes – depression distorts our conclusions, we begin to see the past, present and future in a pessimistic light, we make wrong conclusions, we begin to feel insecure about ourselves. With prolonged depression, these “depressive attitudes” begin to become part of our personality, changing our character, making us passive, detached, insecure.

5. Suicidal risk – this consequence stems from the previous point. When the world and you in it are seen only in a black color, hope for better changes is lost – the risk of suicide increases. Situations when during the course of chronic depression, the patient repeatedly resorts to suicide attempts are frequent, that is, a failed attempt does not stop suicidal thoughts, life does not return the desired value to the person whose depression continues.

We have considered the most common effects of chronic depression, the insidiousness of which is often seen in its non-intensity but persistent presence.

If you notice a prolonged lowering of mood in yourself or your loved ones, even if its intensity does not seem excessive to you, seek consultation with a specialist to clarify the condition and receive the necessary help.