Sadness is part of being a human. Depression, however, is a painful health condition requiring psychological help. Many people experience depression at some point in their lives, the disease affecting 21 million people in US alone. According to the National network of Depression Centers, every 7th adult in the US suffers from some form of depression.
Depression has many causes and subtypes, which we are now only beginning to understand. Some of the known causes of depression include inflammation, genetics, neurotransmitter and hormonal abnormalities, environmental and social stressors, medical conditions, unhelpful thought patterns, and trauma, among many others.
Depression can present in many different ways and can rob individuals of the ability to enjoy life and to function in their daily activities. It can undermine or otherwise affect work and relationships. Most depression patients feel sad, apathetic, and have difficulty coping with the stresses of daily life.
However overwhelming depression feels, it can be treated and there is hope.
The treatment for depression varies, and sometimes medications such as antidepressants are needed. Psychotherapy supports personal growth, changing thought patterns, and addressing lifestyle factors, all which allow for long term recovery.
Why Fast and Effective Treatment is Important:
1. Appropriate treatment lowers the risk of suicide
2. Relief of suffering related to depression, anxiety and stress
3. Protecting work and personal life and function
Mind Body 7 clinicians can help to evaluate your condition and will work with you to decide which treatment approach is best for you. Our practitioners Peggy Kaplin Zaloga, LMSW, Kaylee Rutchik-Stix, LCSW, Natasha Felton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kathleen Fentress Tripp, PNP, and Beata Lewis, MD specialize in depression treatment.
(If you wish to read some great Recommendations for screening for depression in adults, published in the Journal of the American medical association, follow the link above.)