Depression Mental Health
Boca Raton Therapy and Treatment for Depression
What is Depression?
Depression, officially known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a mood disorder. It can be very common and yet very serious. Severe symptoms can affect how one thinks, feels, and handles daily routines. It can change how one eats. It can interrupt sleep patterns, and affect your ability to perform the very job one depends on to maintain a healthy life style. As these other aspects of one’s life are altered, feedback loops begin to happen that can result in cascading results negatively influencing one’s entire life.
Who Suffers From Depression?
Everyone gets depressed sometimes. But how do we know when we are suffering a serious depressive disorder? The following signs, experienced over the course of at least two weeks, may mean you are suffering from a form of depressive disorder. Not everybody experiences these symptoms. Some people may have only a few while others may have many. Persistent symptoms are a good sign that one is seriously depressed. How long and how deep these symptoms will be in people will vary depending on who they are.
List of Symptoms
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Moving or talking more slowly
- Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
Facts on Depressive Disorder
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are about 14.8 million adults in the US, or about 6.7% of the population 18 years of age or older, that suffer some form of depression. Though anyone in any age group can develop a depressive disorder, the median age at onset is 32. Women are more prone to suffer depression than men. For ages 15 to 44 depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the US. For a diagnosis of depression to be made the symptoms should last at least two weeks.
Serious Side Effects
Among the side effects of clinical depression or major depressive disorder are disarray in one’s life including loss of a job, damaged relationships and even suicide. Worldwide, nearly 800,000 people die of suicide yearly. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among those in the 15 to 29-year bracket.
Types of Depression
- Persistent depressive disorder. This kind of depression lasts for at least two years.
- Perinatal depression. A major form of depression suffered by mothers during pregnancy and after childbirth. It can interfere with daily care of the baby and the mother herself. It is characterized by feelings of deep sadness.
- Psychotic depression. This form of depressive disorder consists of the typical low mood accompanied by severe forms of psychosis such as having delusions or hallucinations. It often requires serious medical intervention.
- Seasonal affective disorder. As the name implies, seasonal affective disorder begins with the coming of winter and usually lifts during the summer months.
Boca Raton Treatment Model
At Fourmula, our approach is to treat the whole person. Healthy eating as well as psychological treatment and group and/or family therapy bring to bear a full regime of healthy healing practices that can lead to wellness over time and with recurrent treatment.
We attack mood, diet, and possible underlying triggers or traumas that may have brought about these conditions to begin with. Our Boca Raton office offers the entire range of therapeutic, wellness, and holistic services.