What is Depression?
Clinical depression goes beyond sadness. It’s not having a bad day, or coping with a major loss, such as the death of a parent, grandparent, or even a favorite pet. It’s not a personal weakness or character flaw. Individuals suffering from depression cannot simply “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”
Depression is a form of mental illness that affects the whole body – it impacts the way one feels, thinks, and acts.
Symptoms of Depression
- persistent depressed mood, including feelings of sadness or emptiness
- loss of interest or pleasure in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyed
- feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
- changes in sleep patterns
- changes in appetite
- decreased energy, increased fatigue
- restlessness and irritability
- difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- thoughts of suicide or death
- persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive disorders, or chronic pain, that do not respond to medical treatment and for which no physical cause can be found
The most commonly used treatments for depression are antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. Which of these is right for an individual depends on the nature and severity of the depression and individual preference. Call Peninsula today, we can help!
There is Hope!
By taking these three steps, you’re moving in the right direction towards recovery:
- Recognizing the signs/symptoms of depression,
- Consulting a qualified professional for evaluation, and
- Discussing and choosing treatment options with a professional.
Call us today to see how we can help, (865)970-9800.