Every year approximately 9.5 per cent of the American population suffers from common symptoms of depression. Depression is a serious disorder that affects all aspects of day to day life.

The common symptoms of depression are varied and the severity may change over time. Depression is most frequently related to current environmental conditions, such as relationship problems, difficulties on the job, family issues, losses, medical illnesses, and a variety of stressors. Women report that they experience many of the common symptoms of depression more frequently than men.

Common symptoms of depression include:

An unshakable sadness, feeling blue, or emptiness.

Overwhelming hopelessness accompanied by pessimistic feelings.

Extreme guilt, feelings of helplessness, and worthlessness.

Loss of energy, fatigue, loss of interest in pleasurable activities.

Difficulty making decisions, poor concentration and attention.

Insomnia, including trouble going to sleep, staying asleep and early morning awakening.

Weight loss or weight gain, typically related to loss of appetite or emotional over-eating for comfort.

Irritability, short temper, or frequent arguments due to dissatisfactions.

Physical symptoms including restlessness, headaches, digestive problems, and chronic pain for no particular reason.

Suicidal thoughts, wishing you weren’t here, that you’d be better off dead, that others would be better off if you were gone, that you can’t cope anymore and overwhelmed by life’s problems.  If you are having suicidal thoughts, you should seek help immediately.

Untreated depression can be fatal.  If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms to the point that it is causing you distress or interfering with your ability to function, you should be seen by a professional.  There is 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 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.