If you are feeling sad all day or most of the day or many times a week you my be experiencing the symptoms of chronic depression. Many people experience periods of sadness. In fact, it’s normal to feel sad occasionally throughout your life. After all bad things will happen in your life no matter how wonderful you think everything is. When you feel sad (or depressed) most of the time however, then something is wrong. If you feel like nothing matters and you can never be happy you may be suffering from chronic depression.

Chronic depression is a longstanding feeling of sadness that overcomes any happiness you may feel. It means that things that would normally make people feel happy would instead mean nothing to you. You probably feel like you’ll never be happy again, like nothing even matters anymore. These are just a few of the feelings associated with chronic depression.

This disorder occurs far more frequently than you may think. In fact major mental illnesses occur in one of 5 American adults and one of 10 American children. And these numbers have increased over the years. Unfortunately, they will likely continue to increase. This means that there are millions of people in America alone that suffer from some form of major depressive disorder.

If you fear that you or someone else may be suffering from chronic depression there are a few warning signs to look for. People suffering from this type of depression often feel hopeless, they feel like they will never be able to do anything they want in life and that everything they try will fail. They may feel tired because they are not getting enough sleep or they may sleep too much. They may under-eat or over-eat, either to a severe extent. They may have low self-esteem and poor concentration. If left untreated chronic depression can lead to self-destructive behaviors, withdrawing from friends or, in extreme cases, suicide.

People with chronic depression may or may not have previously sought treatment.  For those who have not sought treatment before, there are a few ways to overcome chronic depression. Talking to a counselor or therapist is the first step.  Seeing a psychiatrist for anti-depressant medications will also be helpful. Seeing both a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist are important first steps, but if that is not successful, more intensive outpatient treatment is available.  There is hope for overcoming this disorder through our proven intensive outpatient program for the treatment of depression.

Chronic depression is a major problem. It affects millions of people worldwide and can cause many deaths. People who have the symptoms listed above should definitely seek help. There are different ways to help with this type of disorder. You can overcome this problem. You can feel better and live a long and happy life. There is some evidence that suggests the quicker a disorder is recognized and treated, the better the chances for a positive outcome.  Fortunately, there is now an Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our programs provide services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of chronic depression, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.