Endogenous depression (also known as unipolar depression) is a previously used sub-categorization of general depression. It was based on the belief that the source of the disorder was internal; endogenous means “caused by factors inside the organism or system”. Endogenous Depression, therefore was considered biological depression, as opposed to depression brought on by stressful events, known as Reactive Depression. While Reactive Depression occurs due to a stressful event, Endogenous Depression may have no external cause; it can come out of nowhere. It was thought to be more likely to be passed from parent to child due to genetics. Chemical imbalances in a person’s brain were considered responsible for causing this depression. According to Net Doctor Endogenous Depression was believed to be more likely to impact the lifestyle of the individual such as disrupting sleep patterns, apetite and sex drive.
Endogenous Depression Symptoms
Endogenous depression could be mild to severe depending on the sufferer. The symptoms might also be varying, but by definition affects the biological responses. Those suffering Endogenous Depression could isolate themselves from the society, have problems concentrating and feel restless. Fatigue was also considered a common symptom and the sufferer could lose interest in previously pleasurable activities. Endogenous Depression was said to lead to reduced performance at work and sufferers might exhibit suicidal tendencies. Sufferers may experience anger or irritation without a reason.
Endogenous Depression Causes
While its counterpart, Reactive Depression, was said to occur due to a stressful event, Endogenous Depression was believed to have no apparent external cause. It can seem to come about out of nowhere. However, it is chemical imbalances in the brain that cause the condition. Endogenous Depression is strongly connected to genetics, and is therefore more likely to be passed from parent to child. Due to the genetic component, women are more likely to suffer from Endogenous Depression than men. Research on this depression indicates that improper nutrition may be one of the causes.
Endogenous Depression Treatment
Endogenous Depression is no longer considered an appropriate sub-categorization of depression, but symptoms of this disorder can be treated in a number of ways. A treatment plan would be determined based on the symptoms, their duration and severity. Those suffering from symptoms similar to Endogenous Depression might find that following a good diet and regular exercise helps. Consumption of alcohol should be restricted. It is also a good idea to try to actively participate in social activities, even if you don’t feel like it. Meditation and deep breathing exercises can also help in providing relief from the symptoms associated with this condition.