Depression is a mood disorder characterized by an intense sadness that can take over one’s life, making even simple tasks seem nearly impossible to accomplish. If you experience an overwhelming unhappiness, a distinct lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities, a change in appetite and/or sleeping patterns, you might wonder whether or not you are clinically depressed.
As 5 percent to 8 percent (around 25 million) of Americans experience depressive episodes in their lives, it may be more common than you think. Additionally, depression does not see age or color, and is not more prevalent in one socio-economic class than another. It can affect anyone. If depression goes untreated, it can lead to difficulty functioning in everyday life.
Our depression residential treatment center for women is located in Los Angeles and is staffed by mental health professionals with years of experience. We have created a highly effective program for women with depression.
Symptoms of Depression
How do you know if you’re depressed or just in a bad mood? Depression can be difficult to pinpoint without a professional diagnosis. However, if any of the symptoms characteristic of depression become so intense they interfere with your quality of life, it is time to seek a proper diagnosis.
Common symptoms of depression include the following:
- Intense sadness
- Lack of concentration
- Extreme fatigue
- Change in appetite
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss of interest
- Loss of confidence
Causes of Depression
Depression appears to be the result of any combination of several different factors rather than by one thing. Trauma, stress, interruption in sleep patterns, brain chemistry, physical illness, hormone changes, substance abuse, and loss of a loved one are examples of factors that can culminate to bring on a depressive episode. Without treatment, these episodes can last from weeks to even years.
Treatment for depression is typically a combination of therapy and, if necessary, medication. The key is to get a proper evaluation from a medical professional you trust and devise a plan to work with.
Two evidence-based therapies used to treat depression are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). DBT gives you the skills to break the pattern of withdrawal and passivity. Both are shown in studies to aid in recovery from clinically diagnosed depression. CBT gives you the skills to “reprogram” your negative thoughts and beliefs — the “stories” you tell yourself — and replace them with healthy ones.
A holistic approach to treatment utilizes an awareness of the connection between a healthy mind and body. Yoga, art therapy, exercise, and mindfulness are often part of a recovery plan in a holistic approach.
During a depressive episode, the common symptoms can be crippling. However, as depression seems to carry with it a social stigma, many go without seeking treatment. Many try to be brave or stick it out. Only about half of Americans who suffer from severe depression receive treatment. Without treatment, episodes will increase in frequency and severity. Without depression treatment, episodes can last for several years.
With proper treatment, however, depression is a manageable disease. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 80 percent of those who seek treatment report at least some degree of recovery. There is hope. When looking for a depression treatment center, it’s critical you do your research and feel comfortable with the setting, staff, and treatment philosophy.
Why Choose Clearview Women’s Center?
Clearview Women’s Center can work with you to create a recovery plan that fits your life and reflects your experience. Our depression treatment clinic uses evidence-based therapies, such as DBT and CBT, along with a holistic approach to making you well, including yoga, exercise, art therapy, and beach walks. Our women’s depression treatment clinic is a safe environment in which to heal.
Q: Can depression cause other disorders?
A: Sometimes those suffering from depression turn to substance abuse, an eating disorder, or other forms of self-harm in an attempt to self-medicate. Proper diagnosis and treatment can help stop this before it starts. If it’s already begun, it’s important to find a treatment center that can diagnose and address co-occurring disorders.
Q: How much of depression is due to genetics?
A: While genetics do play a factor in the occurrence of depression, there are other factors that must come into play. For example, although identical twins share all of the same genes, only about 30 percent of identical twins diagnosed with clinical depression share the diagnosis with their twin.
Q: If I’m feeling hopeless, how do I begin to heal?
A: A support system is of the utmost importance. It can be difficult to begin treatment for depression if you are already in a state of hopelessness. The key is to gain control through proper diagnosis, creating a plan with a caring mental health professional and finding a treatment center that treats you as an individual.
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