Depression is a consistent feeling of sadness or apathy that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt your daily routine.

What is depression?

Depression is a consistent feeling of sadness or apathy that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt your daily routine. It is a treatable medical condition that affects how you feel, behave and think. Depression requires long-term treatment and it can be improved with medication or psychotherapy.

What are the causes?

The exact cause is unknown, but as with other mental disorders, there are a variety of contributing factors. People with depression appear to have physical changes in their brains. Pinpointing these biological differences can help identify the cause. The function and effect of neurotransmitters (naturally occurring brain chemicals) and how they interact with your mood stability can play a significant role in this condition and its treatment. Hormonal shifts and inherited traits are additional factors. Changes in the body’s balance of hormones many trigger depression and if a blood relative suffers from it, you may be at a higher risk.

What are the symptoms?

There are many symptoms associated with depression, but the most common include:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness or emptiness
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in everyday activities
  • Angry outbursts, frustration and irritability over inconsequential matters
  • Insomnia, sleeping too much or sleep disturbances
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss OR an increase in appetite and weight gain
  • Trouble concentrating, thinking, remembering things or making decisions
  • Frequent thoughts of suicide and death
  • Physical problems, such as headaches or back pain that are unexplained

With clinical depression, these symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable issues for your day-to-day routine.

Obesity and excessive weight gain are closely associated with depression, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes. Depression is a serious condition that can take a toll on your body. If untreated, it can get much worse and it will affect every aspect of your life, including your diet and eating habits

Get treatments in British Columbia

At MediMax Obesity Institute, we help patients manage their weight and diet. If you are suffering from depression and it is causing you to gain weight, eat unhealthy foods and/or eat excessively, we can help. We provide weight loss solutions that not only address your diet, but they can also help your mind. Our evidence-based medical advice and services focus on every aspect of your health. To start eating better and improve your overall health, request a consultation today. You can request one online, or you can give us a call at (604) 217-1827. Select from one of our three locations: Abbotsford, Chilliwack or Langley in British Columbia.

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