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What is Depression?

Depression can affect everyone and be detrimental to your daily routine.

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Depression is a chronic mood disorder that causes uncontrollable, persistent feelings of sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness. You may find it difficult to think clearly, make decisions, or get through each day. Clinical depression isn’t something you can get over or snap out of to feel better. For many people, long-term psychiatric care is necessary for managing depression.

What Causes Depression?

The exact cause of depression isn’t well understood, but a number of factors may influence your risk for developing the condition. These factors may include biological differences or chemical imbalances in your brain. You may also be at a higher risk for clinical depression if members of your family have it. In some cases, hormonal changes, such as those during puberty, menopause, and pregnancy, may trigger depression.

Symptoms of Depression?

Depression can impact people differently, causing a wide range of symptoms. You may experience physical symptoms of depression, such as back pain and headaches, or symptoms like:

  • Guilt
  • Irritability
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Reduced appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of interest in hobbies

For some, untreated depression can result in thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide. Seeking an evaluation for an accurate diagnosis and treatment can alleviate your symptoms and help you stay in control of your life.

Treatments for Depression?

Depression is a highly treatable disorder that Our clinical team can help you manage with medications and psychotherapy. Because depression affects everyone differently, he creates a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs and goals.

Psychiatric Evaluation & Medication Management: Medications commonly beneficial for depression treatment include antidepressants, which change the way your brain uses chemicals to balance your moods. It can take several tries to find the right medication type and dosage to alleviate symptoms and you may not experience the optimum benefits of depression medications for four weeks or more after starting your therapy.

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy involves talking about environmental triggers that influence your depression, such as relationships, your job, or your financial situation. Our Life Skills Village division has trained therapists ready and willing to help.

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