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Depression - Causes, Symptoms, Health Insurance Coverage

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​What Is Depression?

Depression is considered a mood disorder in which the patient feels sad and angry at a level that affects their daily life activities. Depression is something that can worsen the relationship of the patient with their loved ones. Depression is bad for some of the chronic health diseases like asthma, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.

Life is all about ups and downs and being sad is the major part of it. However, if you are feeling down constantly, then you may be suffering from depression. It is a serious health condition that can cause severe problems if not treated properly.

Symptoms

Symptoms of depression are different in men, women, and children. 

Symptoms in men: 

  • Aggressiveness
  • Irritation 
  • Anxiousness 
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling sad, empty and hopeless all the time
  • Misuse of drugs and alcohol 
  • Lack of interest, concentration 
  • Insomnia 
  • Constant headache, fatigue, stomach problems

  • Symptoms in women:

  • Irritation
  • Anxiety 
  • Lack of interest
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Less talking 
  • Not getting proper sleep
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Increased cramps
  • Change in weight 
  • Constant headache 

  • Symptoms in children:

  • Constant crying due to irritation
  • Laziness 
  • Not going to school or meeting friends 
  • Lack of concentration 
  • Change in grades 
  • Loss of energy 
  • Digestive problems
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
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    If you are facing any of the symptoms mentioned above for a longer time, you should consult your doctor.

    ​Diagnosis

    Till now, there is no test to diagnose depression. However, with the help of the physical examination, symptoms, and psychological evaluation, your doctor will be able to diagnose depression. For proper diagnosis, your doctor will ask you questions regarding your moods, sleep pattern, appetite, thoughts, and much more. Depression can also be triggered due to a deficiency of Vitamin D or a thyroid problem. So, your doctor might ask you to go through some tests.

    Treatment


    Proper treatment can help people suffering from depression and help them improve their lifestyle. To get the best result, one should combine medical treatments with lifestyle therapies. Here are some of the medications that your health provider might prescribe you: 

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Antianxiety

  • Other than medical treatments, there are certain therapies that can help a patient suffering from depression.
     

    Psychotherapy


    In this therapy, the patient can speak to the professionals that can help them cope with negative thoughts. Therapy with loved ones is always the best option. 

    Light therapy


    In this type of therapy, the patient is exposed to white light. It is proven that white light regulates the mood and reduced the symptoms of depression. 

    Alternative therapies


    Other than the above-mentioned therapies and medications, one can also get results from acupuncture, meditation, exercise, etc. One can also take herbal supplements to reduce the symptoms of depression

    Health Insurance

    Depression is something that people think is not a medical condition. However, it is and just like any other disease, its treatment can cost you a fortune. That is why it is advisable to buy health insurance from a reputable insurer such as Reliance General Insurance. The coverage offered under health insurance plans will take care of the finances that may incur in the treatment of depression. You don’t have to worry about medical expenses and hospitalization bills.