Depression is an heterogeneous diagnosis that manifests in a variety of ways ranging from depressed mood, sudden loss of interest, fatigue, feelings of low self esteem, lack of sleep and appetite to lack and/or poor concentrations. Additionally, depression is often associated with anxiety, which can become chronic if not managed effectively, resulting in individual impairment especially the ability to carry out everyday responsibilities. In extreme cases, depression can result in suicidal thoughts, or even suicide in some cases.
In medicine, depression can be broadly classified into two categories: depressive episodes that involve symptoms such as loss of interest and increased fatigue depending on the severity of symptoms; and bipolar effective disorder that typically comprises of both manic and depressive episodes, which are separated in between by episodes of normal mood. The manic episodes involve accelerated energy and elevated moods that culminate in hyper-activity, and pressure in speeches as well as decreased desire for normal rest and sleep.
High blood pressure is a condition that causes your heart to work faster and harder than it should due to many factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, stress, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol. The American Heart Association estimates that a whopping 75 million Americans are suffering from this condition today. Rightly called the “silent killer,” high blood pressure leads to serious problems like stroke, kidney damage, vision loss and heart failures.
To prevent the problems that come with high blood pressure, it’s important to control it. One good way is to stay on top of your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, so you are not “surprised” when your numbers are high. At the same time, you should work towards leading a healthy and active lifestyle. There is never a good time to exercise or eat healthy because you never know when diseases are going to strike you down. This is why you should start today.