What You Need to Know About Depression
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people ages 15 and above. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) affects more than 16.1 million American adults each year and the rate of depression is on the rise. While depression is more prevalent in woman than men, it can affect anyone despite their gender, age, race, economic background, or social standing. Many people with depression don’t show it on the surface, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.
It’s common for people to hide or suppress their symptoms of depression to appear “normal.” In the U.S., approximately 59% of people who suffer from mental illness don’t seek treatment. Unfortunately, depression is like a physical illness – it often requires treatment to get better!
Signs of Depression
Everyone encounters difficulties, and mood changes are a normal part of life. However, when your emotions seem to get in the way of your normal daily routines or you notice substantial shifts in your mood, it may be time to seek treatment. Some of the symptoms of depression can include:
- Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or worthlessness
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and difficulty making decisions
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Turning to drugs, alcohol, or habits like smoking to avoid negative thoughts or feelings
- Pulling away from the people or activities you usually enjoy
- Unexplained aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
These are just some of the signs of depression. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, it may be a good idea to work with a therapist to find solutions.
What can I do?
Depression can be treated with psychotherapy (talk therapy), medication management, a combination of these two treatments, or Ketamine. At Meridian Advanced Psychiatry, we specialize in treatments focused on medications, but also provide talk therapy and Ketamine treatment when appropriate and may refer you to one of our community partners if more intensive talk therapy is required or desired. We can also review the evidence surrounding alternative and complementary treatment options such as herbal supplements. Your first step is to contact our office for new patient evaluation. Our providers will not attempt to sell you on or force you to any specific treatment. Think of your first appointment as an education about your diagnosis as well as the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment options.
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