A lot of people find it hard to admit that they are experiencing despair or depression, fearing that people around them would not understand their situation. However, the causes of depression are frequently beyond personal control and sometimes people need professional help to come out of their depressed state.

Depression leaves the individual feeling helpless, unworthy, hopeless, withdrawn, sad and frequently  crying without any apparent reason. If these cases are left untreated, the patient may have desperate or even suicidal thoughts as a result of their hopelessness.

The causes of depression differ depending on the situation experienced by a person. These causes may be biological factors or environmental such as loss of job, loss of a loved one, financial burdens, rejection or a host of other interpersonal problems.  A history of childhood abuse, trauma, being raised by a mentally ill or alcoholic parent, increase the likelihood of depression in adulthood.  Depression often comes about due to the result of a medical condition such as cancer, diabetes, stroke and other diseases. This is referred to as the bio-psycho-social model of the causes of depression because it takes all aspects of a persons existence into consideration and is the most comprehensive explanation.  All of these causes, together or individually, can make a person unable to live life in a normal way unlike what he/she used to.

Men and women experience and express their symptoms of depressin differenetly.  Women are more likely to talk about feeling blue and to seek for professional help.  On the other hand, men tend not to talk about how they feel, but may become more irritiable, experience insomnia or start drinking.

These are just some of the things you need to know about the causes of depression and their effects. If you notice a friend or a family member manifesting the signs of a depressive condition, you can show them your support and willingness to help. One way you can help is to get them to a professional for an evaluation.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery.

We provide both assessments and treatment for depressive disorders.  Because our treatment center relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our 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 treatment center provides 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.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.