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Throughout life, everyone experiences times of sadness or general dissatisfaction.  These feelings may be a function of a loss, transition, or disappointment. Approximately five percent of all people in the United States are currently suffering from depression. It is estimated that 17 percent of people will experience major depression at some point during their lives. Many people are hesitant to seek help when suffering from depression because they are embarrassed or confused about their condition.

If you are one of the millions of people in the United States that is suffering from depression, please contact us so that we can help.

What is depression?

Depression is a prolonged feeling that can manifest as sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. It often causes the sufferer to withdraw from family and friends, and depression can even lead to suicidal thoughts or actions. A major depressive episode is defined as depression that lasts more than two weeks.

Why am I suffering from depression?

The causes of depression are extremely varied, and pinpointing the exact cause of your episode will require evaluation and discussion with a mental health professional. The factors listed below are common triggers for episodes of depression.

• Major Life Changes

Negative events such as losing a job, facing a financial crisis or dealing with a medical emergency can trigger depression, but it is possible for positive life events such as marriage, having a baby or starting a new job to lead to depression as well.

• History of Abuse

People who have endured physical, emotional or sexual abuse are at a higher risk for developing depression.

• Medications

Some medications have been associated with a higher risk of depression. For example, medications that are prescribed for high blood pressure have been observed to carry a higher risk of depression as a side effect.

• Loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one naturally leads to feelings of sadness. It is possible for these feelings to develop into depression.

• Genetic Factors

While the link between depression and genetics is not fully understood, research has indicated that people with a family history of depression are more likely to suffer from an episode at some point in their lives.

Are there different types of depression?

Depression can be divided into different categories based on factors including the triggers related to depression, the length of the episode and the severity of the feelings associated with an episode.

• Major depression can either be prolonged or recurring. It involves the feelings mentioned above that indicate depression. Suffering from major depression often seriously interferes with a person’s ability to maintain relationships, maintain success at work and enjoy life. Appetite and sleep are often affected, and major depression can lead to thoughts of suicide and suicidal actions.

• Dysthymia is a less severe form of depression that is often chronic. The symptoms are the same as major depression.

• Bipolar disorder is a type of depression in which the sufferer experiences periods of extreme highs and lows.

If you feel that you may be suffering from depression, the next step is to seek help. We’re available to schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that works for you.

How is depression treated?

The good news is that depression is a very treatable condition. Both psychotherapy and antidepressant medications are used to treat depression. A mental health professional will first evaluate you to understand, more specifically, what is going on. You will work with your therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific symptoms and situation.

If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our mental health professionals, call or email us today.

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