The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that depression directly effected almost 7% of people in the United States in the last year. That is, over sixteen million people experienced a major depressive episode, many of whom have faced depression before in their lives. Unfortunately, depression is more common than most people realize. The good news is that because of the prevalence of major depressive episodes, the medical and psychological communities are working hard to develop new treatments to help those that are suffering.
What is Depression?
Depression, or major depressive disorder, is a mental disorder that causes a variety of symptoms. The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) lists many symptoms of depression, including depressed mood, a lack of pleasure-taking in normally pleasurable activities, weight loss, insomnia or hypersomnia regularly, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, inability to concentrate, and more. Major depressive disorder often gets in the way of daily life, preventing the person from participating fully in activities such as work, school, social engagements, and self-care.
It’s not clear if there is one single cause for depression. When we experience major depressive episodes we may feel like it’s our fault, but there are many factors at play. There is evidence to suggest that genetics play a strong role in major depressive disorder, hormones may effect the release of chemicals in the brain, and neurotransmitters function differently in those with depression. Depression may be triggered by a life event such as pregnancy, grief, job loss, stress, illness, or any number of experiences.
Symptoms of Depression:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Sadness and/or emptiness
- Sleep disturbances such as insomnia or oversleeping
- Decreased interest in normally pleasurable activities
- Lowered libido
- Change in appetite
- Restlessness or agitation
- Trouble concentrating
- Rumination and fixation on past mistakes, feelings of guilt or shame
- Unexplained physical pain
- Thoughts of death and/or suicide
- Lack of motivation
Can You Go to Treatment for Depression?
Many people don’t realize just how serious depression can be. If you or a loved one is experiencing major depression, you know that it can be debilitating and difficult. Although many people recover with the help of therapy, medication, and/or support groups, depression can be tough to treat. Because of this, inpatient rehab for depression exists. At a reputable treatment center, you will receive care and attention that meets your specific needs.
The benefit of going to a treatment center that specializes in treating major depressive disorder is that you will be met with understanding and knowledge. Many treatment centers are not able to fully address major depressive disorder, as they may focus on drug abuse, process addiction, or other disorders. Although depression may absolutely occur in conjunction with substance abuse or other disorders, it's important to seek treatment that truly treats the depression. Without proper help, depression can be overwhelming and difficult to overcome. With high-quality care, those suffering from depression can recover, grow, and continue with the lives they are capable of living!
Crownview Depression Treatment
Crownview Co-Occurring Institute is a leader in treating those suffering from major depressive disorder. With decades of experience, knowledgeable and compassionate staff, and a beautiful location in Southern California, we have made it our mission to help those that come through our doors with the best level of care available. We will work with you to meet your individual needs, find a path to recovery that works, and overcome the depression with support and care. Crownview is not just another addiction treatment center that says they can help with depression; we are here specifically to work with those suffering from depression and mental health disorders. The Crownview Co-Ocurring Institute is a big family of compassionate individuals all seeking to grow.