By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute
Depression is a mental illness that appears by persistent blues, decreased lust, interest, energy and increased fatigue. Many people are briefly ‘depressed’ in short periods of their life but only 10-20% experience an actual depression. Once you have had a depression, there is higher risk of having another depression later on. Depression is most effectively treated with a combination of conversations and medication.
Depression is a mental illness that appears by persistent blues, decreased lust and interest in all aspects of life, decreased energy and increased fatigue. It is a unhealthy condition without the feeling of joy for the partner, spouse, work, friends or leisure interest. Those things that previously could make you feel good are now indifferent and meaningless. Nothing has anything to it.
Before doctors classify it as a depression you have at least 2 core symptoms and at least 2 accompanying symptoms. Core symptoms are the blues, decreased lust or interest and decreased energy or increased tendency of fatigue. Accompanying symptoms are decreased confidence or self-esteem, self-approach or guilt, thoughts about death or suicide, difficulties with thinking or concentrating, inner uneasiness, sleep disorders, change in appetite or weight.
During the course of a lifetime most of us encounter opposition, illness and loss that leads to sadness. However, depression is completely different. It lasts longer, has a deeper effect and is not always triggered by a certain cause. It is estimated that 20% of all women and 10% of all men have a depression requiring treatment at some point in their lives. At least half of the patients with a depression have more episodes of depression during their life.
Depressions arise following a traumatic experience (death, illness, divorce) and increased vulnerability. Some people are robust – others are fragile. Fragile people may develop a depression after a lightly testing experience. Especially robust people can go through anything without having a depression.