Clinical depression is a widespread mental illness that causes intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and personal emptiness. It can be triggered by stress, trauma, loss, or even a genetic predisposition to developing the disease. People who suffer from depression often experience persistent sadness and feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness, as well as pessimism, irritability, a loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed, decreased energy and fatigue, difficulty with concentrating and making decisions, difficulty with sleeping, and persistent thoughts of suicide.
Did you know . . .
Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders. About 1 in 10 individuals treated in primary care settings suffer from depressive symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Could I need treatment for depression?
If you think that you’re suffering from depression, then seek help immediately. The illness not only causes a host of negative symptoms that can worsen over time, but can also prompt suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control reports that depression can adversely affect the long-term outcomes of chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
What should I expect during treatment for depression?
If you seek psychiatric care for depression, then your doctor will complete a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If he or she concludes that you are experiencing depressive symptoms, then you might be prescribed antidepressant medication, which is designed to relieve and treat depressive symptoms by regulating how certain chemicals in the brain affect the circuits that control your mood. Your doctor can teach you about your condition, provide early diagnosis and treatment, and help you to identify stressors, potential risk factors, and underlying contributory factors such as genetics and social mechanisms, as well as encourage timely psychological education and treatment intervention. You could be referred to a psychotherapist or mental health counselor, although most treatments involve some combination of the two.
Will I need to make any lifestyle changes to facilitate my treatment?
Along with taking prescribed medication, you’ll need to continue visiting your doctor and therapist for regular checkups. Between visits, your doctor might recommend that you engage in more exercise, get more sunlight, practice meditation, or reduce potential psychosocial stressors or precipitating factors.
If you want to learn more about clinical depression and other common psychiatric conditions, then please call today or visit our facilities to arrange a confidential mental health consultation.