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Depression

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What is Depression?

What is Depression?
Who is at Risk for Depression?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) created by the American Psychology Association, depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently low moods and loss of interest that causes significant impairment in daily functioning abilities. Those diagnosed with major depression report the most prominent symptom being profound sadness and a sense of despair that interferes with daily activities and functioning.

In order to be diagnosed with major depression, one must be experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks, but usually, the symptoms of depression continue even longer, sometimes lasting even months or years.

Many people diagnosed with depressive disorders also struggle with anxiety as well. They tend to worry excessively about normal daily circumstances and their health. They may struggle in interpersonal relationships, sexual functioning, and in their work-life as well.

Many people with depression are at higher risk of developing a problem with abusing alcohol, drugs, and other substances and/or behavioral addictions.

Who is at Risk for Depression?

Depression can affect men and women of all ages. Depression can also affect children, teenagers, and the elderly population as well but will often go undiagnosed in these communities. Statistics show that twice as many women are diagnosed with depression as men. The increased risk factors for women can be due to hormonal changes, menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage, and menopause.

Depression in men is substantially unreported. This is thought to be due to the negative stigma around mental health and masculinity. Men that suffer from depression are less likely to seek help. Signs of depression in men may include irritability and explosive anger, violence, substance use, increase physical illness, as well as thoughts, intentions, plans, and actions relating to death and suicide.

Those who struggle with other co-occurring disorders, such as people with anxiety disorders, PTSD, drug addiction, specific phobias, are at higher risk of suffering from depressive episodes.

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Am I Depressed?

If you fear yourself or a loved one may be suffering from a mental health or addiction disorder, our assessment tool may be of use. Although our assessments cannot replace a diagnosis from a trained medical professional, they can help determine how many symptoms a person is experiencing for any addiction or mental health disorder.

There is no reason to wait. If you have any reason to suspect you or someone around you may be dealing with a severe addiction or mental health disorder, take our assessment and reach out to us today!

Causes of Depression

To clarify the type of depression you are stuffing with, your treatment provider may add one or more specifiers, meaning you have depression with specific features such as.

Depression with constant restlessness and worry about lack of control over events. May experience panic attacks.

Depression combined with manic features including an elevated sense of self, increased energy, and rapid speech.

Depression featuring temporary relief and the ability to be cheered up, increased appetite, excessive need for sleep, and heaviness in arms and legs.

Depression is accompanied by delusion and hallucinations.

Depression includes motor activity that involves either uncontrollable and purposeless movement or fixed and inflexible posture

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that normally occurs during the winter months or a seasonal pattern

Symptoms of Depression

The following is a list of common traits and characteristics that come with major depression. It is important to know that everybody’s experience may be different and could be experiencing other symptoms.

  • Depressed or irritable moods
  • Loss of pleasure and interest
  • Decreased or increased weight or appetite
  • Appearing slowed or agitated
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, and worthlessness
  • Indecisiveness and poor concentration
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Recurring thoughts of death, suicide attempts, or plan

Treatments for Depression

There is a wide array of effective treatments used to aid in the decrease and removal of symptoms of depression. Even with treatment, depression can be re-occurring but likely less severe.

Also known as talk therapy, a modality where you engage in conversation and solutions about your condition and related mental health issues. Psychotherapy can help an individual learn to adjust to crisis and other current difficulties. Identify negative beliefs and behaviors and learn to replace them with new ones, problem-solving skills. Develop communication within relationships, positive interactions, regain satisfaction and control, setting realistic, achievable goals, distress tolerance skills. Learn about depression as a disease, identify issues that contribute to it and make changes accordingly.

DBT is a type of behavioral therapy that combines approaches of mindfulness, acceptance, and emotional regulation in order to identify and change negative thinking patterns and push towards positive behavioral and cognitive changes.

It is common for symptoms of depression to manifest alongside other types of anxiety disorders, mental health diagnoses, and chemical dependency issues. When an individual struggles with a co-occurring diagnosis, it can be most helpful to consider treatment programs that treat dual diagnoses. By utilizing a combination of therapies in both a group and individual setting, dual diagnosis treatment centers are a safe space to address all the issues you may be struggling with.

There are many types of antidepressants that can be used to alleviate negative symptoms. Please check with your treatment provider to further discuss your options.

There are four main categories of antidepressant medications used to treat depressive disorders.

  1. Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors
  2. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
  3. Atypical Antidepressants
  4. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

Getting Help

When it comes to battling any mental health diagnosis, we understand how lonely and isolated you might feel. But no longer do you have to be bound by the chains of your symptoms; we want to help you. If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, getting help and recovery from the disorder is vital to the success and quality of life of the individual. At Warner Park Recovery, we are here to provide a healthy environment for healing while creating individualized treatment planning to best meet your needs and goals. Call us today to speak with one of our Admissions Representatives for more information.

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