A mental disorder: side effects of untreated Depression

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Here , I am talking about untreated depression. Just as physical health is important of all, so, mental health is also important. Millions of people around the world suffer from various types of mental illness and mental health problems. Such as anxiety, depression, sadness, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction to drugs and alcohol, personality disorder etc.

Mental illness and psychological disorders have good treatment options with medication, Psychotherapy or other treatments.

Now, I am coming to the point about the side effects of untreated depression.

Understand depression is a serious problem. It increases the chance of risky behaviour such as alcohol or drug addiction.

Clinical depression which is also known as”Major depression ” is an illness that involves the body, mind and thought. It affects the whole behaviour of the person as to how to eat, talk and feel about himself/ herself.

How does untreated clinical depression affect physical health?

A lot of researches and evidence show that people with major depression who are recovery from such as strokes or coronary artery disease or heart attacks have a more difficult time making health care choices.

In major depression cases, sleep will be disturbed. They suffering from insomnia. So, lack of sleep can cause some of the symptoms such as – extremely tiredness, loss of energy, difficulty in making decisions and concentration, So, treating depression help the person get control over all of these symptoms and complications.

What are the common signs of Insomnia with untreated depression?

Common signs are:

1) inability and difficulty in concentrating

2) sleep decrease

3) tiredness

4) trouble falling sleep

5) overthinking

6) day time fatigue

What are the signs of alcohol and drug abuse with untreated depression?

People usually take alcohol and drugs to come out of depression, which is more common among teenagers, young people as well as middle age group. It is very very important to encourage these people to get help because they are more likely to attempt suicide.

Signs of alcohol and drugs abuse are:

1) inability to maintain a personal relationship

2) hiding their feelings

3) self-pity

4) tremors

5) memory loss

So, those who suffer from depression and taking drugs or alcohol may need very specialised treatment. Usually, men who have treated for depression may exhibit more anger, frustration and violent behaviour than women.

So, depression can affect people in their work-life, family life and social life. So, living with a depressed person is very difficult and stressful for the family members, friends and society.

Depression carries a higher risk of suicidal tendencies. Anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very seriously.

Common signs of suicide are:

1) talking, writing, thinking about killing or hurting oneself.

2) having a death wish

3) losing interest in things are used to care about

4) increasing in drinking or using drugs

5) writing a suicidal note

So, depression affects more than 24-25 million people each year, including a large portion of the working population. People with untreated depression can usually get to work, but once, there, they may be irritable, fatigued and have difficulty in concentration, it is difficult to work well for them.

More than 80% of people with clinical depression can be successfully treated with early recognition, intervention and support.

Most people do best with depression treatment using Psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both.

So, it is my personal advice that if you or your family members are getting depressed or any problems, consult the doctor for early treatment.

I hope, all of you know that why depression treatment is necessary for a depressed person and to take care of him/ her.

Dr S.k.jha


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