Depression affects 40 million people in America and nearly 300 million around the world. It’s a leading cause of disability. It can harm anyone no matter gender, age, income, or ethnicity, but symptoms are treatable once you’ve been diagnosed with the illness. But first, you need to know the signs.
How do you manage the symptoms of depression? Recognizing and managing symptoms of depression over the long haul – nine or more months without recurrence – offers the best chance of you living with the condition, but not being controlled by it.
It is easy for us to forget that depression is more than just normal sadness. Sadness is a normal human emotion that we all need to feel from time to time as part of a normal human life. Depression is when these feelings of sadness go above and beyond and become debilitating and isolating.
Depression is not a condition that can be “cured” in the traditional manner of speaking, and it is not something a person can easily will themselves out of. That said, there is a myriad of ways a person can find relief from their symptoms.
Treating depression can be a daunting task due to the contradiction at its heart – the very things you must do to help yourself fight against your symptoms are many times the hardest things to do because of the way depression makes you feel.
Options for depression treatment range everywhere from baby steps to more overwhelming, but ultimately helpful, endeavors that can help you find relief from the symptoms of your condition.
What To Do When Depressed
Depression tends to make a person socially withdraw, making you feel like you have to face everything completely on your own. It erodes your personal sense of objective reality and makes things seem more overwhelming than they really are. Depression puts significant strain on your personal and professional lives.
The first step in your journey to recovery is to reach out for support. This support can come in many forms: close friends, family, therapy, treatment, support groups, etc. The important part of this is learning that others can help you get better or at least support you along the way.
Do Something You Enjoy
This may sound obvious, but it’s not easy. Depression can make even your favorite hobbies and activities a chore. Your symptoms may get in the way of enjoying anything. Sometimes, the most therapeutic thing you can do is get out of your comfort zone for a little while.
If it gets too overwhelming, it’s ok to retreat to your comfort zone for a time. The goal of this is not to completely abandon your comfort zone. It’s about expanding your comfort zone until you can fit everything in the world into it.
Spending some time with hobbies and social activities can also reduce stress levels, which can strengthen your defenses against your depressive symptoms.
Support Your Physical Health
Mental health and physical health are closely linked to each other, and supporting your physical health can positively impact your mental health. You should try to get eight hours of sleep a night, eat well-balanced meals, and practice relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
Seek Out Treatment
There should be no shame for seeking treatment for any health condition, depression among them. No one else can really see the pain of suffering you are going through, so the only person who can really judge if you deserve treatment is yourself.
Depression treatment is entering an optimistic new age thanks to traditional treatments and innovative new techniques like ketamine infusion therapy alike. With the right treatment, you can find relief from your symptoms.
Is depression a disease? It’s a tricky question. The difference between disease, disorder, and illness is sometimes difficult to find. According to some, it can definitely be classified as a disease. Others who take a more purist approach might argue that the American Psychiatric Association refers to depression only as a disorder and an illness.
The standard definition of disease is “a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms.” If we follow this definition, we can definitely consider depression a disease.
What Is Depression?
Depression is also known as clinical depression or major depressive disorder. It is a medical condition that is debilitating and greatly affects the way you feel, think, and behaves. Depression brings on intense feelings of sadness and makes you withdraw from things you used to enjoy. This can put a great strain on your personal and professional lives.
The symptoms of depression can include the following:
- Feelings of sadness
- Depressed mood
- Lack of interest in hobbies you used to enjoy
- Changes in appetite (eating too little or too much)
- Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping too little or too much)
- Lack of energy
- Slowed movement and speech
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble making decisions
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Sadness vs. Depression
Several things in everyday life can lead a person to feel sad or melancholy. Common examples of these events include the loss of a loved one, natural disasters, or stressful changes at work.
Make no mistake, even intense sadness is normal when experienced from time to time. Per the American Psychological Association, the sadness you experience in everyday life is different from depression in several aspects:
- If you are experiencing grief, these feelings tend to come in waves and are intermixed with positive memories of the deceased. If what you are experiencing is depression, the overall mood is decreased for a period of most of two weeks.
- During periods of grief, self-esteem is typically maintained. However, during periods of depression, your self-esteem is brought down by feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing.
Depression is like other mental health disorders – it is a complex mix of both biological and environmental factors rather than the result of a single cause. Factors like temperament, life experiences, and family history of mental health conditions can increase your likelihood of developing depression.
- Family history
- Early childhood trauma
- Brain structure
- Medical history
- Drug abuse
- Stressful events
Without treatment, depression may only get worse with time. There is no shame in seeking treatment for this condition, and fortunately, the future of depression treatment looks brighter now than ever before.
Traditional treatments, like antidepressants, and innovative new techniques, like ketamine infusion therapy, both present options for treatment and relief from your symptoms.
Contact us today to learn more about our innovative new treatment options available.
Mental wellness is a major problem. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance says that nearly 15 million adults in the United States suffer from depression. A study from the World Health Organization calls depression a leading cause of disability, affecting nearly 300 million people of all ages around the world.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Everyone feels miserable or worried occasionally, but depression is more than a momentary case of “the blues.” Depression is a mood disorder resulting in a constant feeling of loss of interest and sadness. Officially called clinical depression or major depressive disorder, it alters your feelings, thoughts, and behavior and can lead to several physical and emotional problems. There is no cure for depression, but its symptoms can be treated with psychotherapy or drugs including ketamine.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
Like other mental health illnesses, depression is characterized by many symptoms – some easy to identify, others more subtle which sometimes get taken for granted. You may only be depressed once in your life, but most people normally experience multiple episodes. During these times, symptoms happen most of the day, almost every day and can include:
- Feelings of tearfulness, emptiness, sadness, or hopelessness
- Being angry, irritable, or frustrated, even over trivial matters
- Loss of pleasure or interest in nearly all normal activities, like intimate relations, hobbies or sports
- Sleep problems like insomnia or sleeping more than normal
- Fatigue and loss of energy, so even small chores require extra effort
- Loss of appetite and weight or a bigger appetite (binge eating) and weight gain
- Anxiety, restlessness, or agitation
- Slowed thought, speech, or body movements
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or obsession with self-blame or past failures
- You can’t think straight or concentrate
- Trouble with remembering things and making decisions
- Frequent or constant thoughts of death, suicide attempts, or suicidal thoughts
- Inexplicable physical discomfort, such as headaches or back pain
- For many people, the symptoms of depression are usually severe enough to be noticeable day-to-day, interfering with school, social activities, work, or interpersonal relationships.
WHAT IS A DISABILITY?
Even with all the pain and suffering it causes, depression isn’t considered a disability by most people. The World Health Organization defines a disability as any condition of the mind or body (“impairment”) that makes it harder for the person experiencing the condition to participate in certain activities (“activity limitation”) and intermingle with society around them (“participation restrictions”).
These “disability dimensions” are defined by the World Health Organization as follows:
- Impairment of a person’s mental functioning like memory loss, or body structure or function such as loss of a limb, or loss of vision.
- Activity limitation, including trouble hearing, walking, seeing, or problem-solving.
- Participation restrictions in typical daily activities, including working, participating in recreational and social activities, and getting preventive and health care services.
I’M DEPRESSED – DOES THAT MEAN I HAVE A DISABILITY?
If you’re unable to function – to be employed, manage your day-to-day responsibilities – then you may be disabled, but it’s a slippery slope from a legal standpoint. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines disability as any mental or physical impairment that interferes with a key life activity. Your physical disabilities are normally easier to define, but mental disabilities are more challenging. Clinical depression is listed as a disability under the ADA, but even if you suffer from it, you may not be protected. Generally, the ADA is consulted on a case-by-case basis, but if you are depressed, get it documented.
CONDITIONS RELATED TO DEPRESSION
Depression might be caused by chronic illnesses, common medical conditions affecting your body’s regulatory systems, and even surgery. Studies show that physical ailments boost the likelihood of depressive illness, including these:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain, fibromyalgia
- Postpartum depression
People battling depression may also have problems with substance abuse. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America According reports that nearly 20 percent of Americans with a mental health disorder also suffer from substance abuse, and 20 percent experiencing a substance abuse disorder also suffer from a mood or anxiety disorder.
Depression symptoms can happen or be triggered by these psychiatric disorders:
- Bipolar disorder
- Adjustment disorder
- Eating disorders
- Panic and other anxiety disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
Depression is clinically diagnosed by a mental health professional following a physical exam by a medical doctor. Once you’ve been diagnosed, your therapist or doctor will talk about treatment options that are suitable for your condition and symptoms. The recommendation could be psychotherapy or drugs, or a combination of both. Ketamine, once used solely as a pre-surgical anesthetic, is believed to treat symptoms of depression rapidly versus the typical weeks it may take a regular antidepressant to work.
If you or a loved one have questions about the clinical use of ketamine to help treat depression we can help. Contact us today to learn more about the innovative new treatments we offer.
Something doesn’t feel right. Luckily, you and your family haven’t been diagnosed with COVID-19, but you’re fatigued all the time and your appetite isn’t what it used to be. Like millions of others struggling with the global pandemic, it’s hard to function sometimes. You may be suffering from atypical depression.
WHAT IS ATYPICAL DEPRESSION?
Atypical depression — also called depression with atypical features — implies that your depressed feeling can improve with positive events. You may have other symptoms, too, like a bigger appetite, sleeping too long, feeling rejected or feeling like your limbs are heavy.
As with other kinds of depression, atypical depression carries similar markers: Changes in how you think, feel, and behave, physical and emotional problems, trouble handling regular day-to-day activities, and debating with yourself if life’s worth living.
SYMPTOMS OF ATYPICAL DEPRESSION
Did you know that many kinds of depression and mental health illnesses can be treated with traditional psychotherapy and newer treatment methods including ketamine infusion therapy?
Atypical depression is characterized by mood reactivity, but you also may experience two or more of:
- Increased appetite resulting in noticeable weight gain
- Sleeping too many hours
- You’re more sensitive and have intense reactions to criticism or rejection, leading to considerable social and work impairment
- These symptoms are distinct from what you might have with typical depression, but the mood of people suffering from typical depression usually doesn’t change, even when something positive happens.
- Some of the other symptoms linked to atypical depression include:
- Sadness or low mood for most of the day or nearly every day
- You no longer enjoy activities that were once pleasurable
- You’ve noticed big changes in your appetite or weight
- You have sleep issues and either sleep too much or not enough
- Other people notice you appear rundown or appear restless
- You have low energy or fatigue nearly every day
- Every day includes feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or excessive guilt
- You have trouble making decisions and can’t focus
- You’re preoccupied with notions of death and suicidal thoughts
WHAT ARE YOUR RISK FACTORS FOR DEPRESSION?
Scientific and medical research has taught us a lot about mental health disorders, and even though there isn’t a definitive cause, we’ve identified several factors which may trigger depression:
- You suffer from extreme dependency, low self-esteem, and pessimism and are overly critical of yourself
- You’ve experienced trauma, like physical or sexual abuse, passing of a loved one, bad relationships, or financial problems
- Blood relatives with a history of mental health disorders, alcoholism, or suicide
- Your sexual orientation or gender identification is not positively accepted by family, friends, or co-workers
- You have a history of mental disorders, including an anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, or other mental health illnesses
- You abuse drugs or alcohol
- You have a serious chronic illness like cancer or heart disease
- Use of prescription drugs for high blood pressure or sleeping disorders. Warning: Talk to your doctor before you use or stop taking any medication
CAUSES OF DEPRESSION
We don’t know what causes atypical depression or why different features of depression show up in some people. Atypical depression normally begins in the teen years, sooner than other kinds of depression, and can follow a more long-term or chronic path.
Researchers try and identify causes by looking for a combination of factors like chemical imbalances and inherited traits from blood relatives. Even though neurotransmitters are chemicals, they act as signal carriers in the brain, transmitting data to other regions of your body and brain. When they work poorly, nerve receptors and nerve systems function start to change, causing depression.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Diagnosis of atypical depression or any other normally involves:
- A physical exam to eliminate or connect depression to an existing medical condition.
- Undergoing blood tests or other procedures to see how your thyroid or other organs are functioning.
- A questionnaire and psychiatric evaluation to discuss your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and symptoms.
- Reviewing criteria established by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
- Following a psychological and medical evaluation, your doctor could recommend treatment if you’re clinically diagnosed with atypical depression. Therapy like self-help, hospitalization, psychotherapy, and the use of an innovative new treatment using ketamine may be discussed.
- Ketamine is administered via infusion therapy and has been shown to be effective to help relieve common depression symptoms.
Mental health disorders like depression are treatable with psychotherapy and drugs such as ketamine, but managing the symptoms depends on recognizing them and getting medical care. If you think you’re experiencing atypical depression, get help as soon as you can. If you or a loved one have questions about the clinical use of ketamine to help treat the symptoms of depression we can help. Contact us today.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a third of Americans have reported symptoms of depression since April – coinciding, of course, with the onset of COVID-19. But help is available.
ARE YOU DEPRESSED?
Your spouse says you might be depressed or a little on edge. Your co-worker, during a department meeting via Zoom, told you to “snap out of it.” But if you don’t know what depression is, how can you “snap out of it” without help?
The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers this succinct definition:
“Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.”
HOW TO NOT BE DEPRESSED
If they’re not treated, symptoms of depression can be life-threatening, especially if they lead to physical health problems or even thoughts of suicide. Sadness and worry can pass on their own, but if they don’t, you may need professional help. Here are steps you can take on your own to not be depressed; some may work, others not so much – the point is trying.
Exercising regularly is a great way to tweak your mental health for the better. The Mayo Clinic says exercise is helpful in many ways:
- Raises body temperature and calms the central nervous system.
- Boosts positive moods by releasing chemicals like endorphins.
- Restricts immune system chemicals that contribute to depression.
Dial back on social media
Cut back on your social media time for your own benefit:
- Disable automatic mobile phone notifications of new Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram posts.
- If you see a news item in a feed that interests you, never automatically assume it’s the truth.
- Verify what you’re reading through multiple, respectable sources.
- Avoid engaging in “spirited discussions” with online trolls.
Build a routine
- Put an X through the current date on the calendar when you go to bed. Recognize the passage of time, so it doesn’t seem endless.
- Try and go to bed at the same time every night.
- Eat meals with the family.
- Practice good personal hygiene habits.
Foster strong relationships
Stay connected with friends and family. Organize a virtual game night, or have lunch with a co-worker while practicing social distancing.
Don’t avoid the great outdoors
Physical distancing guidelines recommend staying home and keeping at least 6 feet of distance from other people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside near your home. That’s good news, because natural sunlight is known to reduce symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder or just the “blues” from being cooped up so long.
Simplify your daily choices
Little things can reduce stress levels:
- Learn to make faster decisions.
- Cut back on the volume of weekly decisions by preparing the week before. Try meal planning, or deciding which outfits you want to wear in advance.
Do something that makes you happy
Some people are happy with alone time – or at least they were pre-pandemic. Now, we’re all chomping at the bit to get outdoors, go to a restaurant or movie theatre, or just go shopping. We may not be able to do those things, yet, but you can still do things to make yourself happy and fight off depression:
- Try DIY painting, sewing, or building projects.
- Buy a new house plant.
- Try a new cake recipe and add lavish decorations.
- Buy an old fashioned crossword puzzle book.
Take little steps to reduce the stress in your life and, as a result, toss depression into the trash. Avoid over-commitment, practice meditation, be willing to let go of things you can’t control.
Respect where you live
Maybe the pandemic dashed your hopes or plans to move into a new home or relocate to another city for a new job, but that doesn’t mean you should let your current home go to pot. Clutter is a known stressor. Tidy up around your house each week, maintain yard chores, finally commit to that small home improvement goal you’ve had for years but never had time to work on – until now.
Depression, even in the midst of a global pandemic, doesn’t have to be a life sentence and isn’t anything to be ashamed about. It’s a mental health disorder that affects millions, regardless of gender or other socioeconomic factors. If you or a loved one are depressed, get help. Talk to a doctor or contact us today to learn more about treatment options, which may include psychotherapy or innovative new treatments like ketamine infusion therapy.
Kanye West. Selena Gomez. Nessa Barrett. The biggest benefit of being a celebrity right now is its power to bring to light an illness that typically is dismissed as moodiness. In this case, the illness is manic depression or bipolar disorder. Read further to learn more, and how it can be treated.
WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?
If you experience tectonic shifts in your moods, from exhilarating highs to confidence crushing lows, and from bottom-of-the-barrel lows to being the “king of the world,” you may be suffering from bipolar disorder. Highs are episodes of mania, while lows are times of depression. The mood changes can blend, leaving you filled with depression and elation all at once.
But bipolar disorder affects everyone, not just celebrities. In fact, some estimates say that more than five million people in the U.S. live with some form of the illness. That is not a comforting statistic, but the numbers alone mean it is garnering attention. Today, studies indicate the symptoms can be managed with a combination of psychotherapy and drugs like ketamine, which affects the brain’s neurotransmitters.
MANIC DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS
The symptoms of bipolar disorder are often divided into those for depression, and those for mania. Sometimes, they overlap.
Symptoms of mania
Mania itself is a power to be reckoned with, sometimes causing other symptoms, but normally identified by seven key signs:
- You have feelings of being “high” or overly happy for unusually long periods of time
- Your stamina appears unhuman, with your body needing less sleep
- You talk like a speed reader, with your thoughts spewing out uncontrolled
- You feel extremely impulsive or restless
- You are easily distracted
- You are overconfident in your abilities
- You seem to enjoy risky behavior, like unprotected sex, gambling with your child’s college savings money, or otherwise ignoring your household budget and spending randomly
Symptoms of depression
- You feel sad or hopeless for a long time
- You withdraw from family and friends
- Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
- There has been a big change in your eating habits
- You experience fatigue or low energy
- You have trouble with concentration, memory, and decision making
- You are preoccupied with suicide
WHAT CAUSES MANIC DEPRESSION?
Many healthcare providers will tell you there is no one cause for manic depression. It is more likely attributable to many factors that increase a person’s risk of suffering from the illness.
- Almost predictably, the brains of some people with the disorder show differences compared to the brains of people who are not bipolar or who do not have any other mental illness. More knowledge about disparities may help scientists comprehend bipolar disorder and decide which treatments will work. As of now, healthcare providers arrive at diagnosis and treatment plans based on a patient’s history and symptoms, instead of diagnostic tests or brain imaging.
- People with certain genetic markers. Research shows that people with a blood relative with bipolar disorder have a bigger chance of getting the illness. Many genes, not one, are involved. More knowledge about the role of genes in bipolar disorder could help researchers create new treatments.
HOW DO YOU GET DIAGNOSED?
Like other mental illnesses, manic depression is usually diagnosed in a doctor’s office and normally includes four components:
- A physical exam conducted by a medical doctor or certified healthcare professional to rule out any medical issues causing the disorder.
- A mental health evaluation conducted by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other certified mental health professional. Your thoughts, feelings, and behavior problems will be discussed.
- Reviewing your daily moods.
- Using the DSM-5 to evaluate criteria for the disorder.
HOW IS MANIC DEPRESSION TREATED?
Normally, manic depression is treated with one or more kinds of therapy – psychotherapy or electroconvulsive therapy – which occurs over regular sessions, often for months or years. Once diagnosed, you and your mental healthcare provider can talk about treatment options, which could also include the use of medicine or alternative therapies.
DOES MEDICINE WORK?
In certain cases, a doctor may prescribe the use of mood stabilizers or antipsychotics to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder, but recent studies show a newer treatment option called ketamine infusion therapy works to improve functions within the glutamatergic system. A study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health “found that a single dose of ketamine produced rapid antidepressant effects in depressed patients with bipolar disorder.” The drug is dispensed through infusion therapy or as a nasal spray.
The main takeaway is that manic depression affects millions of people globally, but the symptoms can be managed. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about the clinical use of ketamine to help treat the symptoms of depression we can help. Contact us today to learn more.
Sadness is a normal part of human existence, but that doesn’t make it any easier. A ton of things in everyday life can lead to sadness: loss, hopelessness, disappointment, guilt, shame. Sometimes it doesn’t take as much – you may be sad simply because it’s a rainy day when you hoped you’d see some sunshine.
That said, sadness is just one part of the human emotional spectrum, and is ultimately a good thing in a backwards sense. After all, it is the bad times’ existence that allows us to appreciate the good times in the first place.
Sometimes, sadness goes above and beyond the normal levels. If your sadness is especially intense or long-lasting, you may instead be suffering from clinical depression.
Depression, also known as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition accompanied by intense sadness, lack of interest in things you used to enjoy, and social isolation. One in three people will suffer from a major depressive episode at some point in their life.
Symptoms of Depression
Physical signs and symptoms of depression include the following:
• Loss of appetite and excessive change in weight
• Loss of interest in pleasurable activities and hobbies
• Lack of energy and fatigue
• Changes in sleep patterns, either sleeping too much or too little
• Slowed thinking and speaking
Psychological symptoms of depression include the following:
• Chronic feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness
• Difficulty making decisions
• Consistent self-critical thoughts or guilt
• Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
How To Stop Depression
Social Support Net
Depression is an incredibly socially isolating condition. It can make a person feel completely alone and makes you lose any sense of objective perspective on your own life. This condition gets in the way of your personal relationships and tries to make you withdraw from everything.
As overwhelming as it may be at first, an extremely important part of the road to recovery is reaching out for support. That support can come in many forms: friends, family, a support group, therapists, etc.
Spend Some Time On Yourself
Sure, this one seems pretty obvious. But in the middle of a depressive episode, it can be difficult to find anything that you really enjoy. Even old hobbies might not be fun to you anymore. Take some time to care just about yourself – self-care and engaging in your hobbies can be very therapeutic.
Support Your Health
Mental health and physical health are closely tied to one another. For good mental health, make sure to support your physical health: get around eight hours of sleep a night, eat a well-balanced diet, and get regular physical activity.
Ketamine Treatment for Depression
Research indicates that ketamine treats depressive disorders by binding to certain receptors in the brain, increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter glutamate being released. This then sets off a chain reaction that affects thinking and emotional regulation.
This means, in layman’s terms, that the brain reacts to ketamine infusions in a way that triggers hormones that help the brain create more positive emotions. Unlike other treatments, ketamine can provide this relief within hours or days of the first infusion, although it is most successful as a series of infusions. Contact us today at Exodus Heath to find out if a ketamine treatment is right for you.
Depression, also known as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is a medical condition that deeply affects the way a person feels, thinks, and acts. Depression can cause feelings of sadness as well as making you lose interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can make it difficult to function at work and in your personal life.
The most common depression symptoms include the following:
• Feelings of sadness
• Depressed mood
• Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
• Changes in appetite – eating too little or too much
• Changes in sleep patterns – sleeping too little or too much
• Loss of energy
• Slowed movement and speech
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
• Trouble concentrating
• Trouble making decision
• Suicidal thoughts or actions
Everyone experiences sadness from time to time. Sadness is a normal human emotion, but sometimes these feelings of sadness go above and beyond normal levels and make it difficult to function in your everyday life.
The line separating sadness and depression is not always clear. You may find yourself wondering what the difference is between the two, or what depression is in the first place. If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Difference Between Depression and Feeling Sad
Any number of things can happen to a person that can cause them to feel sad or melancholy. Some of the most obvious examples include the loss of a loved one, natural disasters, or stressful changes in your professional life.
It is perfectly fine – even normal – to grieve and experience intense sadness sometimes. Per the American Psychological Association, the sadness you experience in everyday life is different from depression in a number of aspects:
• If you are experiencing grief, these feelings tend to come in waves and are intermixed with positive memories of the deceased. If what you are experiencing is depression, overall mood is decreased for a period of most of two weeks.
• During periods of grief, self-esteem is typically maintained. However, during periods of depression, your self-esteem is brought down by feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing.
What Causes Depression?
Depression is like other mental health conditions in that it is a complex result of a number of biological and environmental factors rather than the result of a single cause. Things like temperament, life experiences, and family history of depression can increase your likelihood of developing depression on your own.
That being said, some of the most common causes of depression are the following:
• Family history
• Early childhood trauma
• Brain structure
• Medical history
• Drug abuse
• Stressful events
In the same way that you should not feel shame for seeking treatment for a sickness like the Flu or high cholesterol, there should be no shame in seeking treatment for conditions like depression and other mood disorders. Depression may not show obvious outward signs or symptoms, but that does not mean it isn’t real. The symptoms are still felt and can be debilitating.
Fortunately, the future of treatment for depression looks more optimistic than ever before. Traditional treatments, such as antidepressant medications, as well as innovative new techniques, such as ketamine infusion therapy, present options for treatment and relief from your symptoms. Ketamine infusion therapy is proving to be more effective than traditional medical treatments, providing relief more rapidly and without the negative side effects of other antidepressant medications.
If you feel you have depression and would like to seek help for it, reach out to your Primary Care Provider or find a mental health provider to establish a diagnosis and start on the road to being a better you.
Contact us today at Exodus Health to learn more about our innovative ketamine infusion treatments to treat depression.