A debilitating mood disorder if not treated
What Is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that affects your emotions, thoughts, and actions, manifesting in symptoms of persistent sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest, and lack of energy. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be consistent for a two-week period. At least one two-week period of continuous symptoms can be called a major depressive episode.
The most common form of clinical depression is major depressive disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Though depression can be multi-faceted and have a number of causes, various types of trauma and major hormonal shifts have been known to trigger depressive episodes.
Negative Effects of Depression
Depression is far more than just feeling sad. Because of its influence on a person’s mindset, feelings, and functioning, it can impair their livelihood. Chronic fatigue and feelings of despair may result in broken relationships, job loss, and increased risk of suicide. Not only that, but individuals may resort to drug or alcohol use to self-medicate depression. The relief is only temporary, though, as mood-altering substances often worsen or precipitate certain types of depression.
Between 80-90% of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment.
-The American Psychiatry Association
Depression by the Numbers
- Approximately 17.7 million US adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
- Almost 50% of people diagnosed with depression also have an anxiety disorder.
- Nearly 5% of US adults experienced severe impairment due to a major depressive episode in the past year.
- Between 80-90% of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability in the US among people ages 15-44.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression can have both psychological and physiological causes. It can be rooted in grief or connected to a chemical imbalance (or both), and certain medications can even exacerbate depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms may include:
- Persistent sadness
- Feeling empty, hopeless, or pessimistic about life
- Feeling guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest in activities one previously enjoyed
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Problems concentrating or making decisions
- Disturbance in sleeping pattern, such as restlessness or oversleeping
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Suicidal ideation
- Headaches, digestive upset, or muscle aches that have no discernable physical cause and are not alleviated by treatment
The onset of a depressive episode may be sudden, accompanied by mood swings and heavy sadness, but it can also be subtle, rolling in like a fog over a period of days. Knowing the symptoms of depression can help you recognize what’s happening so that you can seek support from loved ones or seek treatment.
Depression Treatment at The Meadows
If you or a loved one is in need of depression treatment, we’re here to help. The Meadows specializes in treating depression along with other mental health conditions and substance use disorders. We are equipped to provide research-backed treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), individual therapy, group therapy, and experiential therapies. Call us today to find out more about our program and how we can help you or a loved one begin your journey of recovery.
Our Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and is experienced in assisting others with compassion, dignity, and respect — hallmark values of The Meadows for more than 40 years. The Meadows’ Admissions Specialists are here to help you on your way to a healthier and more productive lifestyle. When you call, they will lead you through a series of questions to determine if The Meadows is a good fit, and how soon your treatment can begin. If you are interested in The Meadows for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out an admissions form today!