Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in America. Sometimes depression develops on its own, but other times depression co-occurs with substance abuse and/or addiction. Regardless of how it develops, getting depression treatment is critical to heal and find a way back out of the darkness.
What Is Depression?
Everyone feels depressed from time to time, especially in the wake of stressful events, such as the death of a loved one or the end of a relationship. But at what point does depression become a clinical problem?
Like all other organs, the brain can get sick, too. When this happens, our emotional fortitude becomes jeopardized. Feeling “blue” or down is considered normal. It’s when depression persists for an extended period of time that there’s a likelihood of a more serious condition. In general, clinical depression is a condition where a person experiences at least 5 depression symptoms a day for a minimum of two weeks.
According to the Mayo Clinic, depression symptoms include disruptions with:
- Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or severe sadness
- Sleep: early awakening, excessive sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
- Whole-body: excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness
- Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation
- Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, cyclical thoughts, or suicidal ideation
- Weight: weight gain or weight loss, poor appetite
Categories of Depression
Clinical depression is further broken down into categories, some of which include: major depressive disorder; persistent depressive disorder; bipolar disorder; seasonal depression; postpartum depression; and psychotic depression.
Major Depressive Disorder is the most common depression diagnosed in America according to the National Institute of Mental Health and is characterized by feelings of sadness and a decreased interest in once-loved activities.
Major Depressive Disorder goes beyond just feeling down from time to time, it is a serious condition that can include fatigue, stifling isolation, weight fluctuations, difficulty focusing, trouble sleeping, suicidal ideation, and/or feelings of total debilitation.
What Does Depression Feel Like?
For people suffering from severe depression, making the move to enter a depression treatment program can present what feels like an impossible challenge, especially during times of intense hopelessness. But getting well can be achieved through depression treatment.
Depression is a complex issue and manifests itself uniquely to those affected. Because of this, there is no single way to treat everyone. After analyzing other issues that could be the cause of depression such as abnormal thyroid function, a doctor might encourage seeking a depression treatment program.
In general, there are two different types of treatment: medication and psychotherapy. A combination of both types of treatment is often suggested for optimal recovery.
In cases where depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, a psychiatrist might prescribe an antidepressant. Imbalances can happen naturally or could be the result of something else, such as substance abuse or trauma, in which case neurological receptors can be damaged. Antidepressants can help recalibrate the brain.
Unfortunately, medication isn’t an option for everyone. For some individuals, medication can’t be used because of adverse effects.
Therapy and Holistic Treatment
When people can’t use medication to manage depression, a therapy-based depression treatment program is the next best option. Typically, these types of programs use a combination of group and individual counseling, as well as holistic treatment options.
The goal of therapy is to help identify the root causes of depression. There are several different factors that increase the probability of getting depression such as having another psychiatric condition, genetic predisposition, or traumatic life event. Understanding the genesis of one’s depression helps define a more distinct treatment plan, such as in the case of a dual-diagnosis of addiction and depression.
Holistic treatments such as yoga, meditation, and exercise can help regulate stress levels and reduce the risk of depression relapses.
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