Depression


Do you think you or a loved one could be suffering from depression? Learn the signs and symptoms, then contact licensed therapist Elaine Shepardson to start on the road to recovery.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feeling sad, isolated, or empty
  • Feeling guilty or worthless, fixating on past “mistakes”
  • Difficulty making decisions, concentrating, and remembering details
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping, or constant oversleeping
  • Changes in appetite – either a marked increase or decrease
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety or restlessness

If you currently feel like you or someone you know is in danger of harming themselves, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline right away at 1-800-273-8255. Your call is free and confidential.

Depression is different from a regular case of “the blues.” For many people with depression, symptoms are severe enough to interfere with daily activities and personal relationships. Symptoms are intense and unrelenting. But there are ways to feel better. Anti-depressive medications and therapy are the two most common treatments.

What Causes Depression?

As with many mental illnesses, the exact causes of depression are unclear, but neuroscience can offer some insight. People with depression have been shown to have physical differences in their brains, as well as chemical differences. Hormones play a factor, and depression also has a proven hereditary link.

 

Risk Factors for Depression

Depression, although often chemical in nature, can be triggered or worsened by external factors, including: trauma or abuse, serious or chronic illness, financial strain, or other mental illnesses.

 

Treatment Options

Depression is not something you have to live with. There are a variety of treatment options available, including medication, psychotherapy, relaxation therapy, lifestyle and diet changes, and more. Fill out the form below to contact licensed therapist Elaine Shepherdson so you can start feeling better as soon as possible.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/basics/symptoms/con-20032977
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/depression-signs-and-symptoms.htm