Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Symptoms of depression are Feelings of sadness, emptiness, angry outbursts, Sleep disturbances, Changes in appetite, Anxiety, Trouble thinking, making decisions etc.
In Norway lifetime prevalence, i.e. the proportion of the population who will have one or other mental disorder during their lifetime ranges from 25 per cent to 52 per cent. The average prevalence is around 40 per cent.
To diagnosis Depression various tests like Physical test, Lab tests, Psychological test, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) can be conducted. Medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy) are very effective for most people with depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), Norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs), Atypical antidepressants etc. antidepressant drugs can be used.
A growing number of people are seeking alternatives to antidepressant medications, and new research suggests that acupuncture could be a promising option.