Everyone suffers from a low mood or sadness from time to time. It can be challenging to determine when you can ride the condition out and when you should seek help for depression. Many people think of depression as feelings of sadness, but there are many signs of depression. If you see the signs of depression in your life, contact BoardPrep today at 866.796.4720 for treatment.
Signs of Depression
The signs of depression can be divided into mental and physical symptoms.
Mental Depression Symptoms
Hopelessness is one of the most debilitating symptoms of depression. It’s much easier to endure any situation when you know it’s temporary. When you feel that things will never improve, it takes a huge toll on your well being. You may also feel helpless, as if there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation. If these feelings are intense, you may have severe depression. You may want to seek depression treatment if these feelings have lasted for over two weeks.
If you find yourself with no interest in activities you once enjoyed, you may suffer from depression. Hobbies typically lift our spirits. Unfortunately, depression can cause you not to want to do the things that bring happiness, which adds to the depression. Family and friends may notice your lack of interest and express concern.
Depression can make concentration very difficult. You may find yourself drifting off into your mind, lost in your thoughts, or lose your motivation to perform work or household activities. This problem can lead to guilt and stress when things don’t get accomplished, which can also sink you deeper into depression.
Physical Depression Symptoms
Depression is more than a mental condition. It has physical effects as well. One of the most common is unexplained pain. Many people with depression have visited their doctor for unexplained aches and pains. If you are experiencing headaches, stomach, back, and joint pain, and there’s no identifiable cause, you may need treatment for depression.
Sleep and appetite disorders also frequently occur in people with depression. You may sleep more than usual or have insomnia. You may have a loss of appetite or begin overeating. If you notice significant changes in your sleeping or eating habits, you may be experiencing depression symptoms. Sudden weight changes, defined as over 5% of your weight in 30 days, can also indicate depression.
Depression treatment often consists of medication and psychotherapy. Antidepressant medications can help normalize serotonin and other chemicals in the brain, which can ease the symptoms of depression. The most popular antidepressants today are SSRIs and SNRIs. These increase the levels of serotonin or serotonin and norepinephrine.
Psychotherapy provides depression treatment based on talk therapy. Depression can arise from psychological stress or trauma. Resolving these issues through therapy can help. There are also many changes in thought patterns that occur with depression. Therapy can help break the cycle of negative thinking, which also contributes to depression symptoms.
Unfortunately, not everyone responds to standard treatments. When these treatments don’t work, it’s known as treatment-resistant depression. MRIs have shown that certain parts of the brain are less active in people with depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS therapy for depression, can be useful for treatment-resistant patients. Magnetic fields can stimulate the areas of the brain associated with depression, which can make these regions more active.
Depression Treatment at BroadPrep Recovery Center
At BroadPrep Recovery Center in Tampa, Florida, we offer a patient-centered, multifaceted approach to depression treatment. If you are struggling with depression symptoms, you don’t have to fight it alone. Contact us today at 866.796.4720, or contact us online. We will create a compassionate, specialized treatment plan that can help you overcome depression.