Clinical depression is a common but serious mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest in normal activities. Depression significantly affects how you think and behave. When it’s not properly treated, suicidal thoughts may develop. In fact, about half of all people who die from suicide were diagnosed with depression.
Women are more likely to become depressed than men, yet men who don’t seek treatment suffer more severe consequences — they’re 4 times more likely to commit suicide than women. Young adults have a higher risk for depression than adults ages 50 and older.
Depression arises from multiple causes. Genetics play a role, as depression runs in families, but life circumstances, experiencing trauma, and abnormal brain chemicals also may contribute to depression. Further, depression can be triggered by drug and alcohol abuse, and other medical conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, and developmental disorders.
Many people are aware of the symptoms of depression, but it’s important to notice these changes, whether in yourself or a friend or loved one, and keep track of how frequently they occur:
If your mood is depressed for 2 weeks, or your depression interferes with social and work activities, call RobinsPsych for a consultation.
The medical professionals at RobinsPsych have years of experience and expertise in treating depression. One therapy may work for you, or several may be used at the same time for optimal success. Your doctor may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy, family-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, light therapy, or brain stimulation. They will also consider alternative options, such as meditation and acupuncture.
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