Depression Treatment

Depression help and treatments

In the United States, Major Depressive Disorder affects more than 16.1 million people. Globally, this statistic rises to 264 million people, according to the World Health Organisation. Unfortunately, many of these people aren’t receiving depression treatment.

Mental health concerns like depression affect people from all walks of life. This illness is something that can develop later in life for no reason. It can also show itself early on in children and teenagers, and it can be present as a side effect to other issues like drug addiction. Oftentimes, it is the main concern in a person’s life.

Nobody is immune to feelings of worthlessness and unhappiness, no matter who you are.

The challenge with depression is in recognising it. When you do, it’s tough to pull yourself out of a perpetually negative mindset. But this can be difficult, because depression is a negative perspective on the world, and unfortunately negativity breeds negativity.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression affects everyone differently. Often, no two cases are the same and as a consequence, no two treatment programs are, either. There are many symptoms that can appear in a depressed person, including:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness.
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports.
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much.
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain.
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness.
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame.
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things.
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide.
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.

Of course, many of these symptoms can occur in other issues, too. A reduced appetite, for example, could be due to a recent sickness or illness and have nothing to do with depression.

What’s important here is recognising when these symptoms are directly related to depression, and what exactly to do about them.

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Signs of depression

There are a few sure-fire signs to watch for if you think you or a loved one might have depression. For example:

  • Have you experienced a negative, persistent shift in mood?
  • Have you lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
  • Have you experienced a change in patterns of sleep, appetite or energy?
  • Do you find yourself having repetitive, negative patterns of thought?
  • Are you finding it hard to focus or remember things that were once easy?

In most instances, a person can understand if they’re experiencing depression or not by waiting awhile and trying to understand how they feel. If a low sense of energy and mood persists over time, it’s often something worth investigating. Sure, we all feel low from time to time, but when that feeling fails to disappear, it’s time to act. 

How to treat depression

There are many things you can try which will help you or a loved one face their depression. This includes: 

Learn as much as possible about depression

To overcome depression, you must first understand what it is. Is your depression due to something else like an underlying medical condition? Or, do you feel that it’s caused for no reason?

By understanding exactly how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling a certain way, you can begin taking measures to overcome it. 

Don’t rely on medication alone

Medications like Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) aren’t reliable treatment methods when used alone. There needs to be an active investment in the individual suffering to change their lifestyle and work to overcome their negative perspective.

Medications help, but they don’t cure. 

Turn to your social circles

Depression is one of the most solitary concerns we face. Often, it’s a difficult thing to verbalize to people and, if we do, people don’t understand exactly how we’re feeling. This failure to be understood unfortunately affects us further.

If you have a close-knit social circle, they are worth talking to. Explain your feelings and open up about your struggles. Chances are, others feel similarly and are willing to help you.

Be patient and realise that it’s a process

Overcoming something as challenging depression can take a lot of time and energy to do. It’s important to realise this. Be patient, don’t give up on actively trying to be better, and learn to relish in the smaller wins along the way. You can use these to propel yourself. 

Turn to the experts for depression treatment

There are many things that our experts at Tikvah Lake Recovery can do to help treat depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), for example, aims to help someone change their perspective. Our evidence-based treatment models and psychotherapy sessions involve more depth and intervention. 

At Tikvah Lake recovery, our approach to Depression treatment is a holistic one. We aim to treat the entire individual rather than the specific problem. Our wellness center offers the perfect place for someone to escape negative habits and receive guided support and help with addressing their issues. 

Terms like ‘depression’ are broad and can describe many underlying issues. Our team of clinical professionals are available and ready to help diagnose the core reasons you might be experiencing depression, and help you get back on a path to a positive, happier and fulfilled life.

We’ll also teach you the skillset you need to ensure that when you leave, you can keep working at keeping those feelings at bay for the rest of your days.

To find out more about how we can help with your depression, read our blog or contact us today.

Signs of depression

There are a few sure-fire signs to watch for if you think you or a loved one might have depression, and they may help indicate whether or not depression treatment is required. For example:

  • Have you experienced a negative, persistent shift in mood?
  • Have you lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
  • Have you experienced a change in patterns of sleep, appetite or energy?
  • Do you find yourself having repetitive, negative patterns of thought?
  • Are you finding it hard to focus or remember things that were once easy?

In most instances, a person can understand if they’re experiencing depression or not by waiting awhile and trying to understand how they feel. If a low sense of energy and mood persists over time, it’s often something worth investigating. Sure, we all feel low from time to time, but when that feeling fails to disappear, it’s time to act. 

How to treat depression

There are many things you can try which will help you or a loved one face their depression. This includes: 

Learn as much as possible about depression

To overcome it, you must first understand what it is. Is your depression due to something else like an underlying medical condition? Or, do you feel that it’s caused for no apparent reason?

By understanding exactly how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling a certain way, you can begin taking measures to overcome it. 

Don’t rely on medication alone

Depression medications like Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) can’t be relied on alone. There needs to be an active investment in the individual suffering to change their lifestyle and work to overcome their negative perspective.

Medication helps, it doesn’t cure. 

Turn to your social circles

Depression is one of the most solitary concerns we face. Often, it’s a difficult thing to verbalize to people and, if we do, people don’t understand exactly how we feel. This failure to be understood unfortunately affects us further.

If you have a close-knit social circle, they are worth talking to. Explain your feelings and open up about your struggles. Chances are, others feel similarly and are willing to help you.

Be patient and realise that it’s a process

Overcoming something as challenging depression can take a lot of time and energy to do. It’s important to realise this. Be patient, don’t give up on actively trying to be better, and learn to relish in the smaller wins along the way. You can use these to propel yourself. 

Turn to the experts for depression treatment

There are many things that our experts at Tikvah Lake Recovery can do to help treat depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), for example, aims to help someone change their perspective. More evidence-based treatment models and psychotherapy sessions involve greater depth and intervention. 

At Tikvah Lake recovery, our approach to Depression treatment is a holistic one. We aim to treat the entire individual rather than the specific problem. Our wellness center offers the perfect place for someone to escape negative habits and receive guided support and help with addressing their issues. 

Depression is a broad term that can describe many underlying issues. Our team of clinical professionals are available and ready to help diagnose the core reasons you might be experiencing depression, and help you get back on a path to a positive, happier and fulfilled life.

We’ll also teach you the skillset you need to ensure that when you leave, you can keep working at keeping those feelings at bay for the rest of your days.

To find out more about how we can help with your depression, read our blog or contact us today.

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