By 2040, depression will be the single biggest cause of disability in humans worldwide. But treatments have not changed much during the last decades. So let´s call it a growing disease.
According to the World Health Organization, this disease is the leading cause of disability. The statistics state that 3.8% of the world’s population is depressed. The disease affects more women than men.
It is an emotional disorder that affects the patient’s mind and body and requires a serious approach and treatment.
It strongly affects the psychophysical functioning of the patient and causes difficulties in the patient’s relationship with family, friends, and work.
The signs of depression can vary, but if one is diagnosed with clinical depression, alarming symptoms can be a loss of ability to continue the normal living and workspace, feeling fatigued and low in the mood, behavior, and cognition, and maybe suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts.
Unlike sadness (as a reaction to various events), common mood fluctuations, and short-term emotional responses to stress, what distinguishes depression is its intensity and duration. Plus, it affects cognitive and emotional experience and interpretation.
Types & Symptoms
The main predisposing factors for depressive disorder are biological and psychosocial.
Genetics, childhood traumas, personality traits, relationships with parents, and later life events play a fundamental role in the development of the disorder.
For example, the early loss of a mother, the involvement of only one parent in the upbringing, the loss of self-esteem, the feeling of non-belonging and rejection, stressful life events, and the like. Based on the symptoms, depression can be mild, moderate, or severe.
- Clinical Depression – Major depressive disorder or unipolar is explained as persistent sadness or a lack of interest. It is followed by (at least) 5 symptoms on most days for a minimum of 2 weeks.
- Dysthymia is a long-term form of depression that lasts for years. People diagnosed with it often find it difficult to be happy. Symptoms can come and go over time. The intensity can change, but they don’t disappear for more than two months.
- Manic Depression – Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition. It causes extreme mood & energy changes, poor sleep patterns, difficulty thinking, and changes in behavior. That kind of depressive state may lead to suicidal thoughts on one side and feelings of euphoria & endless energy on another side.
- Postpartum Depression (PPD) – Followed by sad feelings/crying after childbirth. It is very common and tends to decrease within 2 weeks. The main cause is hormonal changes that cause anxiety, sadness, and worry.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Related to the change of seasons. Symptoms start as mild and progress to severe and it can be feeling of hopelessness, fatigue, loss of interest, pleasure, and similar.
- Psychotic Depression – Type of depression in combination with psychosis. Usually, it is followed by delusions, disorganized thinking/behavior, false beliefs, hallucinations, etc.
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) – Cyclic, hormone-based mood disorder. It is considered a disabling form of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). It is followed by depressed mood, anxiety, and behavioral & physical symptoms.
- Atypical Depression – One of the leading types of depression. It is known as a subtype of major depression followed by irritability, oversleeping, overeating, heaviness in the arms & legs, and more.
- Situational Depression (adjustment disorder) – A short-term condition. It can develop after a traumatic event or a series of changes, for example, separation, or retirement.
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) – A newer diagnosis that is more common in children. Temper outbursts, chronic & persistent irritation, anger, and similar.
ANF Therapy® Applied to Depression and Anxiety
In order to reduce psychological and emotional symptoms, after depression (and the type of depression) is diagnosed, it is recommended to talk to a professional.
ANF Therapy® may help in reducing bodily symptoms such as anxiety, moving pain and aches, hormone regulation, and increasing energy.
Read and see the result of a patient with severe anxiety below. After the ANF Therapy® session and the application of ANF Discs, the symptoms were minimized.
About ANF Therapy®
ANF Therapy® uses circular ANF Discs which are applied directly on the skin after palpation and assessment by a trained ANF Therapist following the ANF Therapy Method, Patented Model no. U202030252, ES1259974.
The ANF Therapy® purpose is alleviation in injury and pain within minutes.
Our aim is that the patient experiences a reduction of pain and swelling, an increase in range of motion, and an improvement in quality of life-related to health. Non-transdermal non-invasive device, NO needles or chemicals are used.
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