Major Depressive Disorder
Sadness is a natural part of the human experience. You may feel sad or depressed when a loved one passes away or when you’re going through a life challenge, such as a divorce or serious illness. However, these feelings are normally short-lived. When someone experiences persistent and intense feelings of sadness for extended periods of time, they may have major depressive disorder (MDD).
MDD, also referred to as clinical depression, is a significant medical condition that can affect many areas of your life. It impacts mood and behavior as well as various physical functions, such as appetite and sleep. People with MDD often lose interest in activities they once enjoyed and have trouble performing everyday activities. Occasionally, they may also feel as if life isn’t worth living. MDD is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. In 2015, nearly 7 percent of Americans over age 18 had an episode of MDD.
Some people with MDD never seek treatment. However, most people with depression make significant improvements with treatment and support. Medications, psychotherapy, and other strategic treatments can effectively help you manage your symptoms and get back to all aspects of your life.
Are you experiencing some of these symptoms?
- You feel sad or irritable most of the day, nearly every day.
- You are less interested in most activities you once enjoyed.
- You suddenly lose or gain weight or have a change in appetite.
- You have trouble falling asleep or want to sleep more than usual.
- You experience feelings of restlessness.
- You feel unusually tired and have a lack of energy.
- You feel worthless or guilty, often about things that wouldn’t normally make you feel that way.
- You have difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions.
- You think about harming yourself or committing suicide.
Depression may be triggered by:
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Certain medical conditions, such as cancer or hypothyroidism
- Particular types of medications, including steroids.
Depression is very treatable with a comprehensive treatment plan and our caring staff. No matter how badly you may be feeling right now, there is hope for the future. Sadness, fatigue, restlessness, and suicidal thoughts and feelings can all be alleviated with intensive individual therapy, group therapies, neurofeedback, and Alpha-Stim.