Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Loss of energy or increased fatigue
Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
Feeling worthless or guilty
Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.
Also, medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumour or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes.
Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. ( AUDIENCE.) Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. REF
^ I decided upon looking into depression as it’s a lot more common than Bipolar and feel it suits to my audience a lot more, when I think of depression I think of a shadow figure and I want to incorporate that within my designs as this is something I have suffered before myself, so I feel I could express a more personal response. Though it says it mostly occurs within women, due to me already doing a woman figure with Anorexia. I would like to do a more male figure, also so if I do have a set of sculptures that it shows my audience that it isn’t to only women but to everyone.
I feel depression is something that you keep hidden but on the inside you always feel this sense of animosity dragging you down, as if it’s consuming you. It makes you exclude yourself from others and act in a different way, inside you feel self-loathing, guilt, hopelessness, isolation and sometimes nothing. You can’t help but overthink and feel you need to be apologetic for your words and your actions even when you haven’t done anything wrong, overthinking to the point that you can’t sleep at night. With Depression then comes Anxiety and together they don’t mix well, I feel this is why I want to also focus on these two disorders and not just Anorexia as it’s more personal to me.
Though at the time being I’m loving doing Anorexia and enjoying the designs concepts and want to further my knowledge and I may just go down this path but I still feel at this point I still want to keep an open-mind.