As many as 7% of the United States population is thought to be affected by clinical depression at any given time. This condition is not merely a matter of “feeling down,” which every person experiences at different moments in life. It is a mental health condition which, if left untreated, can have severe consequences for the individual, their loved ones, and even the community at large.
In both Smyrna and Monroe GA, Ridgeview Institute provides high-quality depression treatment for people from adolescents to older adults. We do this through compassionate care and thorough psychiatric evaluation. Our mental health facilities offer depression treatment approaches which help people manage their symptoms and improve their lives overall.
What is Depression?
Depression (known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a leading cause of disability. It is a disorder of the brain which can give rise to severe difficulties in day-to-day life, negatively impacting the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. Several types of depression exist and can occur at any age, be that adult depression or teen depression.
Depression Signs and Symptoms
The following signs and symptoms will vary from person to person. They are the most common indicators of clinical depression:
Persistent feeling of emptiness, hopelessness, despair, or sadness
Decreased interest in previously pleasurable activities or hobbies
Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and helplessness
Sleep and appetite disturbances (e.g., waking up and not being able to fall back asleep; eating or sleeping too much/too little)
Weight changes (loss or gain)
Decreased energy and sex drive
Impaired memory, decision-making, and attention
Irritability and restlessness
Slowed speech and/or movement
Thoughts of suicide and death, suicide attempts
Physical symptoms (e.g., back pain or digestive issues) that show no obvious cause nor improvement with treatment
The exact cause of depression isn’t always known, but genes, life experience, and some illnesses or medications are all thought to be contributing factors. To have an official diagnosis of clinical depression, other conditions (both mental and physical) must be ruled out, and symptoms must be present for at least 2 weeks.
Depression treatment centers on the individual’s needs, goals, health status, personality, and life circumstances. Treatment can be administered in one-on-one and group settings, with the best approach typically involving more than one therapeutic modality. Common techniques utilized in depression treatment include:
Adjunct holistic care, including exercise and dietary modifications
Worried About Teen or Adult Depression?
If you or someone in your family is showing signs of depression and are looking for help near metro Atlanta, call Ridgeview Institute toll-free, 24/7 at (844) 350-8800 for a free assessment. We proudly offer a variety of programs and services to our community!