People of all ages are susceptible to depression, and it can come in many different forms: major depression, dysthymia, post-partum depression, minor depression, as well as sadness brought on by seasonal changes. Depression can also affect different ethnicities differently.
Depression can sometimes be triggered through a combination of factors including loss of a loved one, a recent trauma, a divorce, or the loss of a job. Other times, depression can be triggered by certain genes inherited from a family member, outside environmental issues, or simply a change in hormones. Though there may be different triggers for an individual, depression can be diagnosed through reoccurring symptoms.
Basic Symptoms of depression:
- Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, guilt, anxiety and restlessness
- Extreme changes in sleep patterns, insomnia, or constantly sleeping
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Bouts of unexplainable crying
- Physical pain or physical exhaustion
- Thoughts of suicide or feelings of “emptiness”
Women statistically experience depression at higher rates than men, possibly because men do not experience post-partum depression in the weeks after giving birth, as well as more dramatic changes in hormones. Women commonly veer towards the sadness spectrum of depression, associated with feelings of sadness, guilt and worthlessness. Men, on the other hand, may experience depression on a spectrum of angry feelings, such as irritability, anxiousness, restlessness, and loss of interest in work or hobbies.
Medical Treatment and Therapy
After a diagnostic meeting with a psychiatrist, a medical professional will tailor treatment to fit the specific needs of the patient. Treatment may include a mixture of medication and therapy to help the patient fully cope with the condition. A medical professional may prescribe antidepressants, which assist the brain in promoting distribution of dopamine, the chemical that causes feelings of happiness or contentment, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in brain health.
Life doesn’t have to feel difficult all the time – that is not “normal.” We’d love to help you. The ultimate goal of medication management and psychotherapy is to effectively nurture a healthy state of happiness and independence. Our services don’t just treat your symptoms, but also identify the source of your discomfort, so together we may resolve your issues and return you to a healthy state of mind.
You Aren’t Alone
Depression can be felt at any time by anyone. Men and women experience depression differently and exhibit different symptoms. Adults experience depression at a rate of 6.7% and teenagers experience it at a rate of 3.3%. Those percentages seem small, but that small percentage amounts to more than 18 million people throughout the U.S that are suffering. Even children can experience depression and often resort to acting out, which is often attributed to adolescent mood swings.
The Holiner Psychiatric Group has both psychiatrists and psychologists who specialize in the treatment of clinical depression. Contact us by phone or through the form on this page, and we’ll start the process of restoring you to a stronger and more secure self.