Everyone experiences sadness from time to time. But depression lasts longer, interferes with daily life and can cause physical pain. Fortunately, depression is highly treatable. Crucial to curing depression is using scientifically supported (evidence based) treatments in the hands of the highest skilled experts with specialized training and refined skills with those interventions.
While everyone occasionally feels sad or “blue,” these feelings tend to pass rather quickly.
By contrast, someone with depression experiences extreme sadness or despair that lasts for at least two weeks or longer. Depressed individuals tend to feel helpless and hopeless and blame themselves for having these feelings. Depression interferes with activities of daily living—such as working or concentrating on tasks, or even eating and sleeping. Other possible symptoms of depression include chronic pain, headaches or stomach aches. Some people may feel angry or restless for long periods.
People who are depressed may become overwhelmed and exhausted and stop participating in certain everyday activities altogether. They may withdraw from family and friends. Some depressed individuals may have thoughts of death or suicide. *
The good news is that depression is one of the most treatable mental health conditions known. But proper diagnosis is a crucial first step toward effective treatment.
At Answers for Youth & Families, PLLC, we possess the expertise, tools, and experience to accurately diagnose problems and develop specifically targeted plans for correcting the conditions of concern. We use only the most sophisticated, evidence-based treatments to correct the impact of depression.
*(Excerpted from: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-depression.aspx)