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Depression, Part two

Bernice Clark |
It's estimated that at least 10 percent of world population will suffer from depression once in the lifetime.

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Depression affects all people in all cultures around the world. It may appear in the early childhood, but it's more common in people between 15 and 44 years of age. Most experts agree that depression is the most painful life experience a person can experience.

What does it mean to be depressive? According to the World Health Association that means to feel depressed mood, lost of interest and enjoyment, reduced energy, being easily fatigued, diminished activity, marked tiredness on slight effort, reduced concentration and attention on a task, reduced confidence and self-esteem, feeling of guilt and unworthiness, pessimistic views of the future, ideas or acts of self-distraction or suicide, disturbed sleep, diminished appetite and libido, and unexplained physical symptoms.

Most of psychiatrists agree around one fact: too many people, instead of making necessary change in their life, rely on drugs. Prozac is the most known and the best-selling antidepressant in the world. It is also probably the most controversial drug in the world. It appeared for the first time on the Belgian market in 1986. Until today, professional circuits continuously debate is the Prozac the most effective antidepressant, pure placebo or potentially very dangerous drug.

Regardless of any situations that life brings you, it's necessary to keep quality relationships with your environment. Losing that thread is the warning sign that you probably need a help.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine discovered in March 2008 something that reveals the light at the end of the tunnel. They discovered that a change in the location of the protein called Gs alpha in the brain could serve as a biomarker for depression. That allows a simple laboratory test to identify patients with depression and to determine whether a particular antidepressant therapy will provide a successful response.

People whose are focused on a career followed a trend for a years: to have children in later ages. Older paternal age has already been connected with a higher risk of complex neurodevelopmental disorders, including schizophrenia and autism. According to the study by researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet, older age among fathers may be associated with and increased risk for bipolar disorder in their child. Child of 55 years or older man were 1.37 times more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder than a child of a younger man. Maternal ages showed smaller effect on the child.

Talk to a psychiatrist if the following symptoms last at least two weeks: if you feel that social and occupational functioning are significantly impaired, if normal stresses of life do not explain the symptoms, or when rest and relaxation don't help you.

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