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350 million people around the world suffer from different types of depression.

When most people hear depression they think it only entails sadness. This is not the case, sadness is just one symptom of depression. Depression significantly affects the way people live their daily lives. Along with affecting the individual, it also affects the lives of those around the depressed individual. Depression makes life difficult because for the affected individual, it causes many things to seem meaningless, and makes it hard for the individual to experience pleasure.

Types of Depression

Health experts estimate around 350 million people around the world suffer from different types of depression. Due to under reporting of symptoms, it is speculated that the figure should be much higher. Along with that fact, many of those who have depression struggle to understand and properly express their symptoms.

Some of the many types of depression, include:

  • Major depression – Episodes of major depression can typically last at least two weeks, with the symptoms being so severe they interfere with daily activities such as eating and sleeping. This can be a reoccurring situation for individuals or can happen as a one-time event.
  • Minor depression – Classified as a depression that lasts less than two weeks, minor depression symptoms are less severe and can allow the individual to partially function as normal.
  • Persistent depressive disorder – A combination of major and minor depressions that lasts for a span of two years or longer.
  • Psychotic depression – When episodes of depression are accompanied by hallucinations, delusions, or other psychotic symptoms.
  • Seasonal affective disorder – When episode of depression follow a seasonal patterns.
  • Postpartum depression – Also known as postpartum blues, postpartum depression can only occur in women, and happens right after giving birth. Typically, this type of depression will only last up to three days after giving birth.

Symptoms of Depression

Experts have determined the most noticeable characteristic of depression is the lack of enjoyment an individual experiences in situations where they would normally experience enjoyment. Along with that, there are a slew of symptoms one can watch out for the help spot depression, including:

  • Long lasting feelings of despair, sadness, or emptiness;
  • Pessimism, irritability, and restlessness;
  • Feelings a lack of worth, helplessness, and guilt;
  • Fatigue and low energy;
  • Many problems related to sleep patterns, including sleeplessness;
  • A lack of concentration and memory problems;
  • Inability to make decisions;
  • Suicidal thoughts;
  • Fluctuation in weight;
  • Changes in eating patterns; and
  • Pain or discomfort that cannot be explained nor treated by therapeutic methods.

Causes of Depression

Depression can be caused in many ways, but one of the most common is life events. Life events can include bullying, childhood trauma, loss of a job loss of a loved one, social problems, or even relational problems. As a side effect of medications like benzodiazepines, corticosteroids, beta adrenergic blockers, and certain contraceptives depression can also be caused.

Along with causes, depression can also be caused by certain diseases, such as; lyme Disease, Cushing’s Syndrome, Addison’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease. That is just a few, but there are a plethora of diseases and conditions that can cause depression. Finally, there are substances that cause depression as well. Inhalants, hallucinogens, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, and many other illicit drugs.

Treating Depression, the Sprout Way

To manage depressions, you must first understand the variety of factors in the individual’s life causing the depression. This is one of the reasons why it is important for the individual to seek professional help, skilled professionals have experience and methods to determine all of the factors involved in causing an individual’s depression. Professionals can determine if the depression is coming from an organic issue, the use of medications, or the use of addictive substances, making the professionals better equipped create a treatment plan, and resolve the issue. Professionals also have the ability to administer comprehensive psychological evaluations, where a team of psychologists can identify the possible existence of a dual-diagnosis. Meaning there are co-occurring conditions in the individual like mental illness or anxiety, that exist simultaneously with the depression. This is highly important, because if there are co-occurring conditions, they must both be managed simultaneously in order to ensure that neither persists, and the individual is able to me a full and long-lasting recovery.

At Sprout Health California, we use our innovative dual diagnosis treatment program to ensure that we correctly identify any co-occurring conditions. This allows us to help the individual successfully manages all co-occurring conditions and not just simply the depression. We utilize this to make sure the individual will experience an elevated chance at recovery, as well as, significantly improve their quality of life. Because depression is closely linked to mental health, the suggested mode of treatment is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) and interpersonal therapy. Antidepressants may also be provided in order to aid individuals in their recovery. As well as medication, we at Sprout Health California also encourage the utilization of complementary therapies. These therapies include yoga, meditation, exercise, nutritional counseling, acupuncture and progressive relaxation. All of these techniques promote a more constructive means of managing depression.

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