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Depression

Depression is an illness affecting millions of people around the globe today. It’s a condition that touches young and old alike, regardless of nationality, background or social standing. Depression is often marked by intense feelings of loneliness, emptiness and sorrow, robbing people of the ability to perform even the simplest of tasks.

The good news is that depression can be treated. Anti-depression treatment programs from Resurgence Recovery Center mental health treatment center offer relief from depression so people can move on with their lives. To learn more about the center’s depression programs, call 888-503-1380.

Types of Depression

Depression can be divided into various stages depending on a person’s symptoms. Some of the most common types of depression are:

  • Major Depression – severe depressive symptoms that rob people of the ability to enjoy life; may last up to six months
  • Minor Depression – mild depressive symptoms that may endure for two weeks or more
  • Atypical Depression – severe depressive symptoms followed by transitory periods of improved moods due to receiving good news or experiencing happy events
  • Dysthymia – moderate depressive symptoms with transitory periods of improved moods; may last up to two years
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – depressive symptoms that occur with change of seasons (i.e., transitioning from autumn to winter) due to dreary winter climate
  • Bipolar Disorder – (aka manic depression) – victims’ symptoms alternate between those of major depression and those of mania (impulsivity, rapid speech, sleeplessness, hyperactivity).

Causes of Depression

The exact cause of depression has yet to be determined. However, researchers have identified factors that can contribute to this illness. Such factors include:

  • Stressful events (death in the family, divorce, financial problems)
  • Childhood trauma (abuse, death of a parent, neglect)
  • Chemical or physical imbalances in the brain
  • Genetics

Although most anyone can be hit with depression, some people are more at risk than others due to their mental, physical or emotional state. Statistics show that the following people are more susceptible to this condition:

  • Young adults and teens
  • People who struggle financially
  • Post-partum women
  • People suffering from serious health issues or mental illness
  • People with history of depression or suicidal tendencies
  • People with little or no social support system
  • People suffering from low self-esteem
  • Couples experiencing marriage or relationship problems
  • Drug or alcohol abusers

Signs of Depression

Symptoms of depression may vary from one person to another. Some people may experience extreme sadness, while others may manifest signs of restlessness, anxiety or aggression. Other signs of depression include:

  • Tiredness, trouble sleeping or excessive sleep
  • Irritability, negativity
  • Inability to focus, indecisiveness
  • Sudden changes of appetite resulting in weight gain or loss
  • Feelings of anger, frustration or aggression
  • Inability to enjoy life, lack of interest in anything
  • Irresponsible behavior
  • Mysterious aches and pains
  • Hopelessness, suicidal thoughts

Depression is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly. Failure to deal with these symptoms could cause people their families, careers and even their lives.

How to Overcome Depression

When treating depression, doctors may combine anti-depressant medications with psychotherapies to achieve the desired results.  As depression affects people in different ways, treatments are personalized to suit individual need.

Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressant meds such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (Cymbalta) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors can help improve depressive symptoms. Meds alone, however, do not address the issues that contribute to a depressive state. Doctors, therefore, recommend combining medications with psychotherapy for optimum treatment results.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy enlists the help of a professional counselor to tackle personal issues that contribute to depression. Counseling may reveal negative thought or behavior patterns or uncover unresolved issues with guilt or regrets that keep people from moving on.

Cognitive-behavior, interpersonal and psychodynamic therapy programs have been proven highly effective in improving depressive symptoms, giving people a chance to enjoy a higher quality of life. Ongoing therapy enables patients to make progress at their own rate and retain the victories they have won.

Residential Treatment Programs

Severe or long term depression may require that people enroll in a residential treatment program to get the help they need. These programs offer intensive therapy treatments with round the clock supervision and support. Day and outpatient treatment programs are also available to those who require a less intensive regimen to improve their state.

Alternative Approaches

People may also benefit from adding alternative approaches such as yoga, acupuncture, meditation, massage therapy, herbal supplements and healthy living adjustments to their treatment program.

By taking a comprehensive approach to treating depression, Resurgence Recovery Center mental health treatment center addresses all aspects of this illness to provide people with an effective means of overcoming depressive symptoms and enjoying long term recovery.

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