1 in 20 Americans suffer from depression, so it's important to know the short and long term effects of depression. Read on to find out more about how the short and long term effects of depression may be affecting you.
- 1. Common short term effects. In most cases sufferers will experience the following symptoms – loss of energy, loss of enjoyment and enthusiasm in life, loss of short term memory, listlessness and lethargy, find concentrating difficulty, inability to show affection. In extreme cases people have suffered reduced sexual drive, which has responded in male impotence and cessation of periods in women.
- 2. Long term effects on your health. If you do not get help, both short and long term effects of depression can have devastating effects on your health. In the worst cases sufferers have experienced the following … worsening of short term depression symptoms, chronic fatigue, persistent aches and pains (psychosomatic), increased susceptibility to illnesses, weakened immune system, agoraphobia and panic attacks (anxiety).
- 3. The short and long term effects of depression on your emotional state. If untreated your emotional state will almost certainly suffer. In the worst cases sufferers have experienced the following … not wanting to leave the house, no longer wanting to take part in social activities or seeing friends, lack of sexual drive and affection, which can cause strain on relationships, no longer taking pride in appearance, self harm and suicide attempts.
- 4. How to lead a healthy normal life. It is easier than ever to live with depression. There are so many options available, all you need to do is find the right one for you. Medication has helped changed some sufferers lives, allowing them to avoid the short and long term effects of depression and to live normal healthy lives. Medication is not always the answer but it can be a great way to regain control over your life. Counseling and therapy will help you come to terms with your depression and give you greater understanding and control.
I hope I have helped you better understand the short and long term effects of depression and realize that you do not have to suffer from these effects. There is a lot of support available, so you no longer deal with depression alone. For more information, help and guidance on the short and long term effects of depression click on the links below.