How many times we have spoken with a friend or acquaintance and told us he or she is depressed? Maybe it has happened to ourselves and many times we have minimized the situation or simply confused depression with sadness or a little stress. The truth is, depression is a common mental disorder characterized by the presence of sadness, loss of interest, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, disturbed sleep or appetite, tiredness and lack of concentration.

It can be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down. Most of us, as we have said before, have gone through these moments. However, if it continues and intensifies must consult a doctor because it can be a clinical depression, which needs to be treated with medication and / or therapy. It is more common in women than men perhaps because women tend to seek help more than men, in general is hereditary or about behaviors learned at home, or both. It is also more common during adolescence.

In the case of children, often have different symptoms than adults so you should monitor school performance, sleep and behavior.

It is important to identify and combat it because depression can become chronic or recurrent, and hinder the development of daily activities, even in its most severe state, can lead to suicide.


Some of the factors that can cause depression are:

  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Prolonged and painful conditions and its treatments
  • Insomnia
  • Steroids
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Limit situations or stressful events in life, from abuse to social isolation.

Some symptoms of depression are:

  • Tiredness and lack of energy.
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt.
  • Changes in appetite
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Shortly mood or irritability
  • Loss of pleasure in usual activities and inactivity or withdrawal.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Feeling of abandonment.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
  • Low self-esteem and anger outbursts

From home you can take some actions to improve and prevent the situation, regardless of the severity of the case and given medical treatment. Among those actions we can list:


  • Rest well.
  • Start a nutritious and healthy diet including Omega-3 to your diet
  • Exercise regularly, even meditation or other relaxation exercises can help

  • Avoid substances like drugs or alcohol
  • Engaging in activities that make you happy.
  • Spending time with family and friends.

Always contact a doctor and, in case of emergency and in the belief of being a danger to yourself or others, please contact 911.

I hope these facts and tips have been useful to you, and do not forget to seek the best doctors near you in!