Depression

In the United States

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. Also known as a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, depression causes symptoms that affect how one feels, thinks, and copes with everyday life. Eating, sleeping, working, social interaction—all aspects of life can be affected by depression.

The latest research on depression suggests that it is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Its risk factors include a family history of depression, major life changes like trauma, illness, or stress, and some types of physical illnesses and medications.

However, even in the most severe cases, depression can be treated with some combination of medication, psychotherapy, or alternative therapy. If you or someone you know struggle with depression contact out Depression Treatment Program today and learn how we can help you treat and heal from depression.

Signs and Symptoms

of Depression

In addition to “low mood,” some persistent symptoms are required for a major depression diagnosis. The strength and frequency of these symptoms depends on the individual.

If you have experienced some of the following signs and symptoms of depression every day for two weeks or more, you may have depression
Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  •  Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  •  Loss of interest or pleasure in the usual hobbies
  •  Decreased energy
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Changes in sleeping patterns: insomnia or oversleeping
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems with no clear physical cause

If you show signs of any of these symptoms or suspect you may struggle with depression, don’t wait, call our Depression Treatment Program today and speak to one of our specialists and learn how we can help you.

 

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DEPRESSION IN FLORIDA

Depression among adolescents in Florida seems to nearly match national averages, with 9.6 percent of Floridians aged 12 to 17 suffering from the condition in 2013. The same is largely true in Panama City Beach. However, less than one third (31 percent) received professional treatment for their depression. This leaves up to 69 percent of adolescents in Florida without treatment. Such a situation likely drives much of the substance abuse in Florida, as young people look to self-medicate their depression. If you or someone you know suffer from depression contact our Florida Depression Treatment Program today and learn how we can help you treat and heal in a positive and healthy manner.

TYPES OF DEPRESSION

There are forms of depression that differ slightly from one another. They may develop under certain life circumstances, including:

  • Persistent depressive disorder. Also called dysthymia, a persistent depressive disorder is a depressed mood that lasts for years. The symptoms are less severe, but episodes of major depression can crop up from time to time
  • Postpartum depression. Many women experience postpartum depression after giving birth. It is far more severe than the “baby blues,” in that its symptoms include extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion. These symptoms make it difficult for new mothers to complete the daily care activities that come with having a newborn baby.
  • Psychotic depression. Psychotic depression occurs when depression combines with some form of psychosis. This includes having disturbing false fixed beliefs, or delusions, and hearing or seeing things that others cannot see, also known as hallucinations. Psychotic symptoms often have a theme, such as guilt, poverty, or illness.
  • Seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, occurs with depression during the winter months, or when there is less natural sunlight. This form of depression is accompanied sometimes by social withdrawal, increased sleep, and weight gain.
  • Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder differs from depression in basic ways. However, it is included because the “low moods” of the disorder meet the criteria for major depression. Of course, in people with bipolar disorder, these low moods are counteracted with bouts of extreme euphoria.

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Even in the most severe cases, depression can be treated. However, no two people have exactly the same kind of depression. There is no “one size fits all” treatment.

Antidepressants are a medication that treats depression. They help improve the way the brain engages with certain chemicals to control mood or stress. Antidepressants take time, usually from two to four weeks, to work.

Several types of psychotherapy like the kind we offer here at our Depression Treatment Program, or “talk therapy” can help people with depression. Individual therapy, group therapy, and family counseling have all shown significant benefits in treating depression.

Brain stimulation therapies, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), can effectively treat some types of depression when medication has failed or the side effects of a medication have proven to be too much to handle.

Our Depression treatment program in Panama city beach Florida

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We take a comprehensive and holistic approach in our Depression Treatment Program, including medical intervention and cognitive behavioral therapy as well as holistic services like experiential therapies. This approach has successfully helped prescription drug abusers go on to live happy, productive, and sober lives.

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