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Depression Treatment: Signs & Symptoms

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depression-treatmentDepression is a mental health disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness, loneliness, and loss of interest in things once enjoyed or loved. Let’s take an in-depth look into this mental health disorder and depression treatment options so that you or your loved one can recover.

About Depression

Depression can be caused by any number of things like a chemical imbalance, stress, traumatic life event, and/or drug and alcohol abuse. When left untreated, mental health disorders can cause emotional and even physical conditions. Depression is treatable, but it may take time for a person to find the right combination of treatment that works for them. Like any form of treatment, being vigilant and persistent may be necessary for long-term recovery to take hold. Some people may find a solution and their depression cured within a matter of weeks or even months, while others may have to continue to work on various medication combinations as well as trying multiple forms of therapy in order to recover. This all depends on what is causing the depression and how the person reacts to different treatment options, which can usually be figured out by a trained medical professional.

Depression Signs & Symptoms

Mental

Anxiety

Excessive guilt/shame

Hopelessness

Loss of interest in things once enjoyed

Mood swings

Sadness

Feeling lonely

Obsessive unhealthy thoughts

Excessive crying

Isolation

Suicidal thoughts may or may not be present

Physical

Poor eating habits (too much or not enough food)

Weight gain or loss

Fatigue/Restlessness

Sleeplessness/Oversleeping

Being sick all the time or feeling physically ill

Upset stomach or bowel movement issues

Headaches

Body aches

Depression Treatment Options

Medications can be administered for various types of mental health disorders. Antidepressants are usually favored for depression treatment and administered by a trained professional.

In addition to medication, different therapies can also be helpful when combating depression. Therapeutic methods like cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy have been very beneficial in the recovery of individuals who struggle with mental health issues.

Recovering From Depression

Recovering from depression is possible and anyone who is struggling with a mental health disorder should not feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help. Approximately 14.8 million American adults are struggling from depression today according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). That’s about 18% of the population, so you are not alone. Getting help is the best gift you could give yourself and you are worth it.

Do you find that you are self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to help control your depression? Find how you can not only stop drinking and using drug, but also recover long-term from depression by calling us at 1-800-861-1768 today!




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