DEPRESSIONDepression Treatment in Phoenix
What Is Depression?
Depression is a serious medical illness, and one of the most common disability worldwide. It is characterized by persistent feeling of sadness, feeling ‘empty’ or loss of interest that often lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.
Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It can happen at any age, but it often begins in teens and young adults. It is also much more common in women.
Common types of Depression include:
• Postpartum depression, in which mothers experience symptoms of major depression after giving birth.
• Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), in which depression occurs in during winter, and sometimes fall, and is associated with a lack of sunlight
• Major depression is the most common type of depression, and it occurs when symptoms interfere with daily activities — including work, sleep, and eating habits — for at least two weeks straight.
• Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, in which symptoms of depression develop a week before a woman’s period and pass after menstruation.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression can include:
• Feeling sad or “empty”
• Loss of interest in favorite activities
• Overeating, or lack of appetite
• Insomnia or sleeping too much
• Fatigue or feeling very tired
• Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
• Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
• Thoughts of death or suicide
Treatment Options for Depression:
The earlier the treatment can begin, the more effective it is. Depression is usually treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
When to seek help
If you have disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month, if they’re severe, or if you feel you’re having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
Getting treatment as soon as possible can help prevent Depression from getting worse.
If you have suicidal thoughts or If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, get help right away through one or more of these resources:
Call a suicide hotline number — in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor.
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