Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects your feelings, thoughts, and behavior and can lead to emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living. Depression is a serious disorder that can take a terrible toll on you and your family. Depression often gets worse if it isn't treated, resulting in emotional, behavioral, and health problems that can affect every sphere of your life.
- In younger children, symptoms of depression include sadness, irritability, clinginess, worries, aches, and pains, refusing to go to school, or being underweight.
Depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated in elder people, and they may feel reluctant to seek help. Symptoms of depression may be different or less obvious in elder people, such as:
- Memory difficulties or personality changes
- Physical aches or pains
- Fatigue, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, or loss of interest in sex — not caused by a medical condition or medication
- Often wanting to stay alone at home, rather than going out to socialize or do new things
- Suicidal thoughts or feelings, especially in older men
More than just about the blues, depression isn't a weakness and you can't simply "snap out" of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. But don't get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy, or both.
- Take steps to control stress, increase your resilience and boost your self-esteem
- Reach out to family and friends, especially in times of crisis, to help you weather rough spells
- Get treatment at the earliest sign of a problem to help prevent depression from worsening
- Consider getting long-term maintenance treatment to help prevent a relapse of symptoms
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on Depression
1. What are some signs of Depression?
Depression can feel like a cloud or fog over you. Feeling low on engery and motivation or not enjoying things you used to. Depression can also feel like a deep, extended sadness without any apparent cause. Signs of depression can include disturbances in your sleep habits, too much or too little. Increases or decreases in appetite, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and helplessness, an inability to concentrate or focus, fatigue, and at times aches and pains, can also be caused by depression. Thoughts about death and self-harm are also signs of depression- and red flags to seek support.
2. What is Depression?
Depression is a common, but serious medical condition. Depression can be caused by biological, psychological, and social sources of distress. Depression affects more than 3 million people in the US every year.
3. What are the different types of depression?
There are several different types of depression that can be differentiated based on various factors.
- Major depressive disorder
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Postpartum Depression
- Bipolar Disorder (formerly known as "manic depression")
- Psychotic Depression
- Atypical Depression
- Situational Depression
4. How do I help treat my depression?
At Compassionate Psychiatry, we employ a multi-disciplinary team of highly-skilled, licensed, and certified professionals to treat depression and other mental illnesses. Our team can assess, diagnose and provide the best treatment options available and best suited to you.
Our office offers various talk therapy methods, medication management, TMS, and Spravato treatments.
According to the National Network of Depression Centers, 80% of those who seek treatment for depression show improvement in symptoms in four to six weeks of starting treatment.
Contact our office to schedule your appointment today. Visit us at www.compassionatepsychiatry.org or give us a call at 469-200-4093.