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Hello,

I find that the level of awareness about depression or other neurological diseases is very low. So I'm asking a simple question below. The person with the best response will win a special prize.

The question is 'what is depression?'

The best original response as chosen by judges will attract a special prize.

Regards,

Seun.

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check out my post on depression http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-72772.0.html

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extreme sadness or extreme happiness

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clinical depression is a form of bipolar affective disorder characterised by prolonged periods of grief,emotional low and insomnia.Depression cld be mild,moderate or severe of which only the severe type is a form of psychosis, the other two are neuroses though most patients with mania have periods of depression which are not picked up clinically.

Severe depression could also be characterised by genuine suicide ideation ,and another form of severe depression is pueperal blues which is seen in some women just after birth of a child, it could be characterized by infanticide.omo depression na long thing so if u still want more i go dey give u dey go.

to treat depression involves three classes of drugs,

-Tricyclic antidepressants like amitrytiline , nortryptiline

-monoamine oxidase inhibitors like : imipramine ,desipramine and all

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-selective serotonine re-uptake inhibitors like setraline, paroxethine and co.

anything remain?

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When I have more resources at my disposal I'll start giving out prizes again. Apologies to everyone!

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Uncle Seun. We're not in primary school o! What's the prize and who are the judges? Methinks you should put the prize in escrow and lay the terms right. Believe me you'll see the best of Nairaland members. I assure you!

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Depression is a state of mind at which the the brain mostly malfunctions, the whole system of the body is sometimes shut down..people who experience loss or hav mostly anxiety disorders are at a high risk of depression

Allan M Duarte is a typical depressed 17 yr old teenage, been to rehab more than 3times[/size[size=8pt]](dont tell him i told you guyz this)

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Gosh.. I thought there was still a gift. I'll just keep my definition to meself.

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Forgive me but I'm no longer in a position to give the prize. Thanks, everyone, for participating!

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Seun:

depression na Loss, Change & Grief

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[i]seun, there's no special prize. is there?.

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Depression is a diversion from a state of contentment. When nothing makes sense and it doesn't matter if anything is accomplished .

People who are depressed are looking for answers, usually as to why they are so unhappy. They are looking for means to regain some kind of balance in their lives.

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The discussion shall end at a time when I have a satisfactory, original answer!

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i feel this discussion should have a time frame...if not i guess it would probably continue ad infinitum

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It's caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, along with other factors. It has no single cause; it results from a combination of things.

The first step in fighting depression is to understand what it is, how it affects you, and what causes it.

While depression can affect anyone, its effect may vary depending on age and gender.

Some of the more common factors involved in depression are:

Family history. Genetics play an important part in depression. It can run in families for generations.

Trauma and stress. Things like financial problems, the breakup of a relationship, or the death of a loved one can bring on depression.

Pessimistic personality. People who have low self-esteem and a negative outlook are at higher risk of becoming depressed. These traits may actually be caused by low-level depression (called dysthymia).

Physical conditions. Serious medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, and HIV can contribute to depression, partly because of the physical weakness and stress they bring on. Depression can make medical conditions worse, since it weakens the immune system and can make pain harder to bear. In some cases, depression can be caused by medications used to treat medical conditions.

Other psychological disorders. Anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and (especially) substance abuse often appear along with depression.

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Uncle Seun, since you are not satisfied with the responses given so far, why don't you give us the meaning of depression? We are waiting to hear from you.

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depression is now...bored, broke and well just there

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Depression is when an individual feels, for diverse reasons, bankrupt of any single reason to look forward to waking up, having a bath, getting dressed, stepping out.........living.

People suffering from depression would usually cry and be inconceivably poignant over issues far removed from them ranging from very serious such as the war in Iraq to mundane issues like a wall gecko that appears, to them, lonely. A large majority of sufferers have at one time or the other in their lives considered suicide while others had unfortunately succeeded.

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Depression is when people are hungry and Obasanjo is thinking about building a Presidential Library at an astronomical cost of 7 billion Naira. Its depressing to read.

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