Major Depression And Me


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Major Depression And Me

  1. 1. Major Depression and Me By: Druva Kota (Ron Burgundy)
  2. 3. Definition <ul><li>Major depression is characterized by the persistence of five or more symptoms of depression for two weeks </li></ul>
  3. 4. Symptoms <ul><li>Agitation, restlessness, and irritability </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme difficulty concentrating </li></ul><ul><li>Fatigue and lack of energy </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt </li></ul><ul><li>Inactivity and withdrawal from usual activities, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts of death or suicide </li></ul><ul><li>Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive frowning </li></ul>
  4. 5. My Symptoms <ul><li>I have been dealing with depression for a long time, and I has many of these symptoms including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fatigue and lack of energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoughts of death or suicide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extreme difficulty concentrating (making this PowerPoint was extremely hard) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fatigue and lack of energy </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. This is basically how you feel:
  6. 7. <ul><li>There are 5.259 MILLION new cases of major depression a year </li></ul><ul><li>That’s: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100861 per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14409 per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>600 per hour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and 10 per second </li></ul></ul><ul><li>THAT’S A LOT </li></ul>
  7. 8. Causes <ul><li>Though the exact cause of depression is unknown, many researchers believe it is caused by and imbalance in serotonin levels and other neurotransmitters in the brain </li></ul><ul><li>These imbalances are thought to be biological </li></ul>
  8. 9. Treatment <ul><li>There are several treatments for depression </li></ul><ul><li>They usually involve: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Usually in combination) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Treatment =
  10. 11. My Treatment <ul><li>I’ve tried basically everything. Lexapro, Xanax, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, and Zyban. I also attend weekly therapy sessions to try to cope with the pain and emptiness. So far none of it has really worked, but I do feel better occasionally </li></ul>
  11. 13. Prognosis <ul><li>The outcomes are usually good with treatment, but the problem can sometimes be recurring. Patients must stick to the treatment to prevent the problem from returning </li></ul>
  12. 14. My Prognosis <ul><li>My doctor, Brick, says he has high hopes for me. He thinks he will be able to cure me after a few months of treatment. His therapy sessions do help, but I’m not sure how effective he will be. His drugs don’t seem to have any long lasting effects. Maybe I just have to give it time. </li></ul>
  13. 16. Problems Depression Can Cause <ul><li>Suicide </li></ul><ul><li>Increased risk of alcohol and drug use </li></ul><ul><li>Increased risk of tobacco addiction </li></ul><ul><li>Increased risk of problems with physical health and premature death due to medical illness </li></ul>
  14. 17. Prevention <ul><li>There are some steps you can take to prevent future depression, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoiding alcohol, drugs, and caffeine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercising regularly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning how to relax and manage stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintaining good sleep habits </li></ul></ul>“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” -Franklin
  15. 18. Depression is a serious issue, if you think you may be suffering from these symptoms, contact your doctor for advise immediately
  16. 19. Remember, always have