The Depression

Depression is one of the most common psychological disorders in France. According to studies, 10 to 25% of women and 5 to 12% of men may experience major depression in their lifetime.

Since the seventies, depression tends to be more common. Depression can occur at any age, in children as well as in the elderly.

Depression causes a painful change in mood and a slowing down of intellectual and motor activity. The person suffering from this disorder is sad and loses his usual tone. These are the most classic symptoms, easily recognizable as such.

But the symptoms can be any other, more discreet or of different types. Men and elderly people are thus more likely to develop "atypical" manifestations, character or physical. Chronic pain, for example, may be the only symptom of depression.

There is a tendency to think that the only treatment for depression is antidepressant use. The most effective treatment in the long term is psychotherapy. Although drugs are indispensable in severe depressions, they are not in mild to moderate forms.

But in any case, it is important to be vigilant and take charge of depression. Because this one can be serious. One of the most dramatic developments is suicide, the risk of which is multiplied by 30.

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Our topics to discover about depression:

> Soft medicine: depression and sophrology
> Depression in children and adolescents
> Seasonal depression, what is it?
> Special file: Depression, the disease of the century?

Authors: Dr. Ada Picard, Joel Ignasse and Dr. Nicolas Evrard.

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