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The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people, on a global level, are affected by depression, a mental health illness that is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability.
Depression, also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a mood disorder. This disorder can cause severe symptoms in how you feel, think, and function on a day-to-day basis which can lead to a variety of physical and emotional problems. When these feelings and thoughts are persistent almost every day and last at least two weeks, you may be diagnosed with depression. Depression is not an easy fix that you can snap out of and may require long-term treatment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 8.1 percent of people over the age of 20 have depression in any 2-week period, which indicates how substantial and prevalent depression is in the United States. While depression can present itself at any time, it generally appears during the late teens to mid-twenties. Depression seems to be more common in women than men and affects an estimated 1 in 15 adults in any given year. The causes of depression are likely to be a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychosocial factors.
You may be suffering from depression if you have experienced some of the following signs and symptoms nearly every day for at least two weeks.
You may feel sad and unhappy without knowing the cause of it, but if symptoms are severe enough, you may notice problems in your day-to-day life.
A few risk factors that appear to increase the risk of developing depression:
Depression can present itself at any time in your life. Research indicates that a combination of the following factors can play a role in depression:
Depression can also occur alongside other illnesses you may have, such as diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. The side effects of medicines taken for these illnesses may also contribute to the symptoms of depression.
The two types of depression that most of us know of are major depression and persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia). Other forms of depression include perinatal depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and psychotic depression.
Major depression: having symptoms of depression nearly every day for at least two weeks that interfere with your daily functioning.
Persistent Depressive Disorder (dysthymia): having symptoms of depression that last for at least two years along with the possibility of having episodes of major depression along.
The good news is, depression is one of the most treatable mental disorders. Most people respond well to treatment, and almost all patients usually gain some relief from their symptoms. Several treatments are available:
If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. You can also:
There are no sure ways to prevent depression, but if you are aware that you may be showing signs or symptoms of depression, there are a few things you can do to reduce those symptoms.
At the Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, we provide confidential counseling services, such as individual, group, and couples/family therapy. Individual therapy is one-on-one sessions with a personal therapist who can help you identify what may be causing your depressive moods and help you to develop new coping skills and alternative ways of looking at a situation. Group therapy provides individuals with social support, encouragement, and validation from other members who may be experiencing similar challenges. Couples and family therapy are also helpful in identifying behavioral and mental health issues within the family or a particularly stressful event. One of our kind, caring, and experienced mental health therapists can help you and your loved one(s) work through familial or relationship issues in a safe, controlled, and judge-free zone.
Your well-being matters to us. Our team of experienced and specialized clinicians can help you in your journey to be a healthier you. Contact Behavioral Health Associates of Broward at 954-909-0888 for more information about our Counseling Services, and we will be ready to help you or your loved one on their path to recovery.