How Depression Affects Decision-Making Abilities

Depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. It may come from hereditary or genetic factors, or it may result from an emotionally tragic event. Some people enter into depression as the result of substance abuse or addiction. But regardless of what caused the depression, if left untreated it will often get progressively worse.

Some of the most common symptoms of depression include the following:

  • Emotional numbness
  • Persistent melancholy and crying
  • Loss of interest in activities the patient once enjoyed
  • Distance in personal relationships
  • Sleep disorders (too much or too little)
  • Marked changes in energy levels
  • Loss of motivation to live
  • Poor performance at work or school due to apathy
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Depression serious compromises decision-making abilities. Nothing seems to matter to depressed people. They lose hope for a bright future and feel stuck in a rut of misery. Many people mistakenly assume that depression always involves lingering sadness, but many affected people simply can’t feel any emotions, positive or negative. One of the reasons so many turn to drugs or alcohol is an attempt to feel anything at all.

How to Treat Depression

Since depressed people are often unaware of their conditions and doubt that life can improve, they are unlikely to seek the kind of help that could bring them out of their disease. If the above symptoms seem to describe your condition you may need to seek some help to determine whether you are depressed or not. There are many advantages to finding help, including the following:

  • Relationships can be restored
  • Physical health can be rediscovered
  • You can recapture a vision for your future
  • You can once again sleep well, wake up refreshed and look forward to each day

Some depressed people use medicine to reestablish the chemical balance in their brain. Others benefit from specialized counseling that trains them to think and behave differently. For many a combination of medical and therapeutic techniques brings relief. You may not feel like there is hope, but millions of depressed people have found a way to live a joyful, pleasant and productive life. Remember that one of the problems of depression is the ability to make healthy decisions, so maybe you should explore treatment for your depression before you do something irreversible.

Help for Depression

Even if you’re not sure whether or not you are clinically depressed, if you’re curious about this condition, how it functions or how it is treated, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline for free advice from one of our counselors. The call is confidential and the advice is free, so you have nothing to lose. We can connect you with the best recovery program for your exact needs, where you will be treated with respect and care.
Coming out from under the cloud of depression is an amazing experience. It’s certainly worth a call.