symptoms of depression and pathophysiology

symptoms of depression and pathophysiology - Typical...

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Typical Questions: 1. List the symptoms of depression and explain how we confirm whether someone is actually clinically depressed or just experiencing a short period of emotional stress. 2. Describe the pathophysiology of this condition i.e. what are the changes in physiological mechanisms/processes by which we think it may occur? 1. The typical symptoms of depression are: feeling of helplessness and hopelessness, loss of interest in daily activities, appetite or weight changes, sleep changes, irritability or restlessness, loss of energy, self-loathing, concentration problems, unexplained aches and pains. Clinical depression is different than a short period of emotional stress in that it engulfs the daily life, interferes with the ability to work, study, eat, sleep etc. and it lasts for a longer period of time. The thoughts of death and suicide are a serious symptom of depression. Depressed people often do not realize about their condition and if they do, they do not care much; typically people around a depressed person start to be worried. The key symptoms of depression are persistent sadness or low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, fatigue or low energy. If these are present most of the time for most days, then is likely that the person has depression and the following associated symptoms should be analysed: disturbed sleep, poor concentration or indecisiveness, low self-confidence, poor or increased appetite, agitation or slowing of movements, guilt or self-blame, suicidal thoughts
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