One of the most prevalent mental health disorders is major depression. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are 16.2 million adults in the United States that have experienced at least one major depressive episode that adds up to 6.7 percent of the population. Of these adults, 64 percent suffer from severe impairments that cause them to be unable to function normally in their life.
Major depression constitutes as someone that has endured a depressive mood, loss of interest in things that cause them pleasure, and become unconcerned with their basic needs. During one of these episodes, they will display at least four symptoms that may alter their thought process, sleep pattern, diet, state of mind, self-esteem, or focus.
- Mood swings
- Feelings of failure
- Loss of energy
- Lower concentration
- Racing thoughts
- Uninterested with relationships
- Crying spells
- Feelings of impending doom
- Shifts in diet
- Changes in sleep
- Easily distracted
- Thoughts of suicide
While there is still no evidence as to what starts depression, research has shown that depression may start as early as childhood and usually stems from traumatic or abusive life events, personal factors that may include family background, personality traits, a medical condition, or substance abuse, or due to stressful situations and biological factors that may cause continual changes in the brain.
Treatment is available to those that seek help. Antidepressants have been shown to be successful in many cases because of the stimulating growth within new nerve cells that can be responsible for regulating someone’s mood. Use of an antidepressant can be effective for the brain’s chemical transmitters, such as serotonin and noradrenaline, to relay messages between brain cells. Use of vitamins such as B12, Folate, and Vitamin D can also help to alleviate symptoms within the natural realm.
Therapy has also been useful to someone that suffers with depression. Talking through their feelings and gaining insight about what needs to be addressed within their relationships that could be contributing to their depression. Patients of therapy also receive ways to change their lifelong process of using negative coping skills by transforming them into a more positive outlook on life.
Major depression is a mental health issue that can really weaken someone’s ability to participate in their daily life. By recognizing the signs that occur during major depression may aid someone to get the treatment that they need sooner than later.
Serenity Oak Wellness Center is a extensive 5-week treatment center that can help someone that is struggling with a co-occurring disorder of substance abuse and depression. We offer holistic therapy and 12-Step aspects that can embrace the needs of a dual diagnosis that will show our clients how to adorn their soul in recovery.
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