If depression was a pattern, then there is a possibility of working through the human race to avoid passing this experience. The worst I have seen is successful men ending up depressed over their success after a long period of commitment to a purpose.
A rich man had everything at his disposal, and life looked good until he lost his first son in an event that looked simple. While he was still battling with the shock, after about six months, he lost his wife to an illness that challenged all he had believed. When she finally gave up the ghost, this rich man cried in pain and confusion, asking God why he had lost trust and faith in all he had believed, and fell into a state we will be considering his type.
1. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): This is the most common type of depression and is diagnosed when an individual experiences persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in daily activities for at least two weeks. Other symptoms may include changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, low energy, and difficulty concentrating.
2. Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD): Formerly referred to as dysthymia, PDD involves chronic but less severe depressive symptoms that persist for at least two years, with episodes of major depression occurring intermittently.
3. Postpartum Depression (PPD): This type of depression occurs in new mothers after giving birth and is characterized by symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings, difficulty bonding with the newborn, and feelings of inadequacy.
4. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the winter months when there is less sunlight and changes in circadian rhythm may contribute to symptoms such as fatigue, oversleeping, and weight gain.
5. Bipolar Disorder: This involves cycling between episodes of depression and mania, characterized by high energy, impulsivity, and reckless behavior.
6. Psychotic Depression: This rare but severe form of depression can include symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, along with a depressed mood and significant impairment in daily functioning.
7. Situational depression: This type of depression arises from specific stressful or traumatic events, such as job loss or the death of a loved one, and may improve as the individual transitions through the situation.
Why worry about matters that are sometimes beyond your control? Worrying distorts a man’s focus and brings all his works to stand still as he wanders in a position for too long a time.
Let’s consider the Israelite nation in the wilderness. You will notice that as they started and continued mooing over lighter matters, they continued going around the same mountain until God instructed Moses, You have dwelled too long in this mountain; go forward. Imagine they journeyed 40 years on a journey that should take 40 days.
We must be careful with what we do with this one life we have as a gift from the maker. There is a maker of man who is the completeness of man’s well-being. After the creation of man, a spot in his heart is filled with the maker’s love. Man was not created to be independent, as no man is designed to be self-made. Man has the might to depend on another man and God to find his fulfillment.
In conclusion, learn the habit of telling yourself the truth and finding help when needed, because most people cannot tell if they are depressed or not. Stay strengthened and blessed.
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