Depression

Depression is often considered the common cold of mental illnesses. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it affects nearly seven percent of the adult population and 11 percent of the youth population. There are many schools of thought surrounding how depression develops and what causes it. Research has shown there are a number of possible causes of depression, including biological causes, response to a stressor, or the result of denying emotions for a period of time.

Depression is not something that we can simply snap out of. It is a physiological illness that must be treated through medication and professional therapy. If it is not properly treated, depression can become very severe and even life-threatening.

Symptoms of Depression

People suffering with depression will typically display at least a few of the symptoms on the list here:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness and tearfulness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Feeling “slowed down,” lacking energy and motivation
  • Loss of energy, persistent fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation, or suicide attempts

Treatment for Depression

People suffering with depression often turn inwards and as a result, they often feel isolated and alone. This can lead to feelings of hopelessness and fear there is no chance for recovery. When you seek counseling for symptoms of depression at kp counseling, our professional staff understand those feelings of isolation and hopelessness. All our members are available to help you talk about what you are experiencing and help you develop a plan to treat your symptoms so you can begin feeling like you again.

Depression is a serious illness, but the good news is help is available. To learn more about treating depression, contact kp counseling at 779-368-0060.

Resources:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – http://www.dbsalliance.org

National Institute of Mental Health – https://www.nimh.nih.gov/

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