What you should know about depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is one of the main causes of incapacity and incapacity to work and is the most common mental disorder in the world, affecting 360 million patients. Importantly, women are twice as likely to be affected by this disease because women are more open and willing to seek help than men, so the extent of depression in men may not be predictable. For people who visit a doctor first, one in ten of them is thought to be fully symptomatic depressive, and a large proportion of them have individual symptoms of depression. More than half of the cases are not recognized by the doctors of the OPZ and the patients are not referred to a psychologist for psychotherapy or to a psychiatrist in Krakow, where they were diagnosed and treated, as the symptoms are recurrent (seasonal depression) and chronic.

Symptoms, what to consider and see a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Gradual loss of the desire and joy of life-

something that has been enjoyed so far is beginning to lose meaning and “it doesn’t matter what happens now or what happens. ” The feeling of emptiness, the senselessness, the sadness that is lived for a long time without any apparent external reason, the bitterness, the need to cry that is sometimes hard to stop, the emotional instability from anger to sadness, the impulsiveness that was not there before.

Mood swings-

Patients have a much worse mood in the morning “They have a hard time getting up” Only in the afternoon there is no significant improvement in mood, and the best activity they have in the evening.

Loss of energy of life activity-

Apathy, withdrawal from previous interests Hobbies of pleasure, aversion to do life’s work, to go shopping, to meet people. The feeling of chronic fatigue, the lack of motivation when getting out of bed, not the desire to take care of one’s own hygiene, clothing. Feeling of inner tension with psychomotor arousal, irritability, feeling of not having a good place

Negative thinking-

loss of self-esteem, low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness, a negative evaluation of the past, present and future. Guilt for things that have been in life or have not yet happened. It may also happen that the patient has depressed delusions, that is, misconceptions that he believes in, although the reality is different. If delusions occur, a psychiatrist must be consulted.

Thoughts about death, the desire for death from a natural accident, mindless thoughts of suicide, which can be intrusive, often arise from suicidal fantasies to concrete plans and the attempt to pursue them. Such thoughts also require urgent contact with a psychiatrist in Krakow.

Stresses of anxiety that are constantly or periodically accompanied, often the patient is unable to say what he fears, this condition can also ripple for no apparent reason, sometimes the patients describe it in such a way that they feel it in the body.

Deterioration of cognitive functions from memory, concentration, attention, to a feeling of confusion and confusion in space “the feeling of walking as in a mist. ” 

Sleep disorders, which have difficulty falling asleep, waking up and sleeping with breaks between three and five in the morning. Patients may still fall asleep if symptoms are mild. Sleep disorders lead to great sleepiness during the day, which also affects the feeling of tiredness and irritation.

Eating disorders are twofold. One group consists of patients who do not have an appetite, they eat heavily, they are forced to do it themselves or someone motivates them to do so, and their body weight drops by up to a few pounds. The second group consists of people with a great appetite to absorb food, especially sweet things, and they follow fairly fast weight gain.

A decrease in the libido of the sex drive and the desire to have sex, a loss of interest in this area of life occurs in both women and men.

When do I need to see a psychiatrist in Krakow?

If the mental condition gives cause for concern to the person himself or to relatives and family.

If the symptoms last 2-4 weeks, regardless of the causes that caused them, a visit to a psychiatrist is required. If the symptoms worsen like an avalanche and the patient is in severe pain, a psychiatrist should be consulted urgently.

What else could worry us, insomnia lasting more than a month, non-specific physical symptoms such as headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, back pain, chronic thyroid disease, dependence on psychoactive substances: alcohol, drugs. As well as prolonged stress and difficult life situation that may cause the appearance of suicidal thoughts that are an indication to consult a psychiatrist and include the patient in drug treatment and psychotherapy.

At an appointment with a psychiatrist, the doctor examines your mental state, the severity of your suicidal thoughts, your risk of suicide, and assesses the selection of appropriate drug treatment. In the treatment of depression, a combination of psychiatric treatment and psychodynamic psychotherapy is the best effect.


Report Institute of Healthcare Management – “Depression – Analysis of Economic and Social Costs”

Depression – Definition, Classification, Causes – PZWL