Major Depression and Its Treatment
More than just feeling sad, depressed feelings can make you want to stay in bed. A depressed mood can be difficult to detect. Rather, it may feel like an emptiness or numbness. Depressed feelings and mood often exist without a specific or logical reason. It can feel like being emotionally "stuck" in a way that no fun activities, such as a girls night out, can fix. The person with depression can feel isolated from everything they love. While depression and sadness are both strong emotions, they are not the same. (Mike Porath of The Mighty)
What is Depression?
In the United States, about one in six people experiences an episode of clinical depression in their lifetime. The treatment of depression is important because people with untreated depression have a lower quality of life, a higher risk of suicide, and worse physical outcomes if they have any medical conditions besides depression.
The symptoms of depression include:
What I treat:
What Causes Depression?
It is believed that those with clinical depression have decreased chemical availability, specifically dopamine, serotonin, and/or norepinephrine, impacting their mood regulation and motivation for routine activities. Situational factors such as the presence of stressors, health and wellness, and support system can influence one's coping and ability to recover. If you recognize signs or symptoms of depression, it may be an indication to apply coping strategies (such as exercising or not isolating) or seek out professional treatment as discussed in the next section. Risk factors to develop depression include personal/family history of depression; major life changes, trauma or stress; and certain physical illnesses and medications.
What is therapy for depression like?
Depression treatment includes goals such as: