Well in Mind: What is Depression?
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
What is Depression?
Depressive disorder is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding and medical care. Some will only experience one depressive episode in a lifetime, but for most, depressive disorder recurs. Without treatment, episodes may last a few months to several years.
Depressive disorder changes how one functions day-to-day, and typically lasts more than two weeks. Common symptoms include:
- Changes in sleep
- Changes in appetite
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of energy
- Lack of interest in activities
- Hopelessness or guilty thoughts
- Changes in movement (less activity or agitation)
- Physical aches and pains
- Suicidal thoughts
Depression does not have a single cause. It can be triggered by a life crisis, physical illness or something else—but it can also occur spontaneously. Scientists believe several factors can contribute to depression:
- Life circumstances
- Brain changes
- Other medical conditions
Although depressive disorder can be a devastating illness, it often responds to treatment. The key is to get a specific evaluation and treatment plan. Safety planning is important for individuals who have suicidal thoughts. Treatment plans can include any or a combination of the following:
- Brain stimulation therapies
- Light therapy
Well In Mind is here for you. Call 815-933-2240 to schedule an appointmentor to ask about your EAP benefits.