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Depression

Depression is a recognized, medical condition that can affect anyone, regardless of their age, race, sex, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. Its symptoms and their severity may vary depending on a person’s sex and age.

 

Depression has no single cause, and often, it is the result of a combination of factors, including genetics, trauma, stress, low self-esteem, hormonal changes, altered health habits, medical conditions, like heart disease or cancer, and other psychological conditions such as anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and eating disorders.

 

There are many signs and symptoms of depression. An actual diagnosis of depression is made after a thorough history is given. The following list details the most common symptoms of depression:

  • Persistently sad, anxious, and/or empty moods

  • Loss of pleasure in usual activities

  • Feelings of helplessness, guilt, or worthlessness

  • Crying, hopelessness, or persistent pessimism

  • Fatigue

  • Memory loss, lack of concentration, or decision-making capability

  • Restlessness and/or irritability

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Change in appetite or weight

  • Physical symptoms such as pains throughout the body and gastrointestinal complaints

  • Thoughts of suicide, death, or suicide attempts

  • Poor self-image or esteem

Untreated depression is the most common psychiatric disorder and the leading cause of suicide in the elderly. Thoughts of suicide should never be ignored or minimized.

 

Dealing with depression can be challenging. But it is treatable with therapy and life style changes. The good news is that with the proper treatment, 4 out of 5 patients will improve.

 

We'll spend some time getting to know you and your specific situation and symptoms. Once enough data has been collected, you and your therapist will decide on which course of action is best for you. Successful treatment of depression often involves a combination of regular psychotherapy sessions and life style changes, but may also include a recommendation for medication.

 

Psychotherapy, or "talk therapy," is an important part of treatment of depression for many people. It can sometimes work alone in cases of mild to moderate depression, or it can be used in conjunction with other treatments. Good therapy can help you modify behavioral or emotional patterns that contribute to your depression.


Stern Center for Successful Solutions
Rae Louise Stern, L.M.S.W., A.C.P., L.M.F.T.
 
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