Depression

Depression is a common mood disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Do you suffer from depression? Is someone you love suffering from depression? If you have answered yes to either of these questions, you are in the right place!

Depression

There is hope and help for all those who receive a diagnosis of depression. You and your loved ones do not have to suffer from the confines of depression one second longer.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder marked by a feeling of persistent sadness and a declining (or lack of) of interest in one’s life. Depression can affect how you think, feel, and act. Everyone on the planet experiences days that are less than desirable. People who suffer from depression have more than occasional bouts with days that are “down in the dumps.” Depression is a consistent and reoccurring mood disorder.

A diagnosis of depression is determined when a person displays its symptoms for two weeks or longer.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Ongoing feeling of sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest in activities and/or hobbies
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Fatigue
  • Significant change in sleeping patterns
  • Marked increase or decrease in appetite
  • Feeling as though you are “walking through water”
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Thoughts of death
  • Suicide attempts

Depression left untreated can leave a person feeling as if there is no way out. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the above symptoms, talk with your doctor about the possibility of depression.

Risks of Living with Untreated Depression

Depression without treatment can become a very serious issue. Depression can cause other mental issues to appear in your life. There is hope and treatment. If you suspect you are suffering from this mood disorder, do not delay any longer in seeking assistance.

“Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailor.” Dorothy Rowe

The act of getting help for your depression is very courageous. This is the first step on your journey of healing. Let’s look at some of the dangerous side effects of living with depression:

  • Insomnia
  • Physical illnesses and problems
  • Severe anxiety
  • Fear that life will never get any better
  • Poor job or school performance
  • Important relationships deteriorate
  • Drug or alcohol dependence
  • Obsession with death
  • Attempts of suicide
  • Suicide

Treatment for Depression

If you have a diagnosis of depression, don’t feel ashamed, because you are not alone. We want you to know that you have made a huge step towards personal healing. Getting appropriate treatment can make all of the difference in the world for depression.

Treatment shines a light on what it appears to be a very dark tunnel. You will be spared from the despair of depression with the right treatment plan.

“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as he or she sees the end in sight.But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily that it’s impossible to ever see the end.” Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

You and your doctor will collaborate on which treatment options will gain the best results. Rehabilitation for depression is not a “cookie-cutter” approach. Any one of these methods or a combination of them may be what works for you.

It is important to be honest with your healthcare professional about all of your symptoms. Your doctor is a caring and skilled professional who wants you to achieve the maximum benefits of treatment.

Treatment Strategies for Depression

Some of the more popular and proven techniques for the treatment of depression include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Outdoor therapy
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Electroshock therapy
  • Exercise plans
  • Yoga techniques
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment

Once you define which methods work for treating your depression, you will begin to live the life you have been dreaming about living. You can experience joy again. You will be able to experience all of life’s pleasures to your fullest capability.

You are worthy of every ounce of help available. Your loved ones, family, and treatment team want nothing more than to see you break free from the chains of depression.

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Helen Keller


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