Depression is common and it can cause severe symptoms that impact the way you feel, think, and carry on throughout your day.
If you’ve been experiencing some of the signs and symptoms, for most days, day to day, or for at least two weeks, you may be experiencing depression.
Signs and symptoms of depression
- feelings of hopelessness
- guilt, or worthlessness
- difficulty concentrating
- finding it hard to get through your day
- a decrease in libido
- sadness, or exhaustion
Some risk factors may include inter-generational depression, life changes, or even a medical condition.
What causes depression?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression can be triggered by a variety of factors including a life crisis, physical illness or something else that is spontaneous:
- Trauma. Perceived threat that can cause long-term changes in how their brain responds to fear and stress.
- Genetics. Mood disorders and depression may tend to run in families.
Life circumstances. Marital status, relationship changes, or even the current financial situation.
- Brain changes. Research has shown that the frontal lobe of the brain becomes less active when a person is depressed. Depression is also associated with changes in how the pituitary gland and hypothalamus respond to hormone stimulation.
- Other medical conditions. People who have a history of sleep disturbances, medical illness, chronic pain, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to develop depression. Some medical syndromes (like hypothyroidism) can mimic depressive disorder. Some medications can also cause symptoms of depression.
- Substance use. 21% of adults with a substance use disorder also experienced a major depressive episode in 2018. Co-occurring disorders require coordinated treatment for both conditions, as alcohol can worsen depressive symptoms.
I use the following treatment and therapies to address depression: CBT, psycho-education on Depression, insight building and emotional identification, guided imagery, mindfulness and a psycho-dynamic approach in recognizing and understanding negative patterns of behavior and feelings that are rooted in past experiences and working to resolve them.
Depression Treatment in Pasadena, California
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