Bad mood is a phenomenon that is quite familiar to each of us. Some of us are more prone to episodes of low mood, some less, but everyone will agree that no one likes being in such a state for a long time. Often, the depressed mood is not taken seriously, some even treat it with contempt and call this state “weak-willed”, or “the desire to attract attention to be regretted,” etc. Of course, there are times when we can show a “bad” mood , in order to receive attention, care and other benefits, but when we are faced with an experience, and not a demonstration of a depressed mood, especially if this state lasts for a long time, this is something that already requires serious attention.
The fact is that a low mood for two or more weeks is already a symptom of a depressive state. But here, again, you can be pushed with the opinion that depression is “for weaklings”, treating depression is “stupidity, it will pass by itself, you just need to pull yourself together”, “going to a psychiatrist / psychotherapist is stupid” and other stigmas … All such attitudes, ultimately, can lead to the fact that a person is in a depression for a long time, it does not find treatment, and acquires a protracted chronic course. And this is where new problems appear, because chronic depression has its consequences. Let’s discuss them.
- Social and economic consequences – long-term depressed mood depletes the psyche, decreases efficiency and desire to achieve goals. The person works worse. than he could, he does not reach those professional and career heights that he could achieve, does not have the wealth that he could have, etc. Interpersonal contacts also suffer – in order to make friends, love, maintain all kinds of relationships, you need strength, but chronic depression takes them away or suggests that they simply do not exist.
- Deteriorating health – it’s no secret that physiological processes in our body have a clear relationship with mental well-being. Chronic depression can lead to the emergence of psychosomatics, or to an exacerbation of existing physical ailments.
- Decrease in cognitive functions (attention, memory) and intellectual potential – many studies have found that long-term depression leads to organic changes in the brain, thereby can have a negative impact on our memory, attention and intelligence. This point is especially important for the elderly and children.
- Change of personality (character) – depression distorts our conclusions, we begin to see the past, present and future in a pessimistic light, we draw wrong conclusions, we begin to experience self-doubt. With prolonged depression, these “depressive attitudes” begin to become a part of our personality, change our character, making us passive, fenced off, insecure.
- Suicidal risk – this consequence follows from the previous paragraph. When the world and you in it are seen only in black, hope for better changes is lost – the risk of suicide increases. Situations are frequent when, in the course of chronic depression, the patient repeatedly resorts to suicidal attempts, that is, a failed attempt does not stop suicidal thoughts, life does not return the value it needs in a person whose depression continues.
We examined the most common consequences of chronic depression, the insidiousness of which is often manifested in its lack of intensity, but the constancy of its presence.
If you notice a prolonged low mood in yourself or your loved ones, even if its severity does not seem excessive to you, consult a specialist to clarify the condition and get the necessary help.