Effects of Depression

depression therapyMillions of people in the United States suffer from a major depressive disorder. Depression has the ability to completely transform how you and your loved ones live your lives. While not everyone experiences depression the same way, the illness has a number of common symptoms. If you are depressed, your relationships, cognitive processes and even personal health will suffer.

Cognitive Effects of Depression

Depression can cause you to lose focus easily or have difficulty remembering events. Memory loss is a common symptom of depression, in part because you are unable to focus on your surroundings. Additionally, depression may cause you to become more sensitive in certain situations, as the illness changes how neurotransmitters in your brain function. These changes in sensitivity can impact how you relate to the people in your life as well.

Effects of Depression on Relationships

You may find that depression has made it difficult for you to maintain relationships with the people closest to you because you feel less joy and happiness when you are with them. You may no longer enjoy spending time with your friends and family, or find it difficult to contribute when you are with them. This can cause harm to your family as well, as spouses and children are not able to have you there in the same capacity they once did. This may lead to them feeling symptoms of depression as well. Depression also makes it difficult to develop and maintain new relationships. As your depression becomes more severe, so does your isolation, and this isolation can lead to an overall decrease in the quality of your life.

How Depression Affects Your Quality of Life

If you suffer from depression, you may find it difficult or even overwhelming to do normal things like get out of bed, take care of others and even maintain personal grooming habits each day. Depression makes things that you may have once taken pride in seem less important and changes your motivation to complete new things. You may eat too little, binge eat or even turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to self-medicate. If your depression becomes too severe, you can lose your job, your home, your family and even your life. Depression-related suicide is a major concern.

Getting Depression Treatment

If you suffer from depression, you should consider seeking depression therapy. Our toll-free helpline can help you find a treatment program that is right for you and your family.