According to Mental Health Organization, major depression affects many people every year. However, less half of all individuals with any mental illness in Tennessee will receive mental health treatment, including major depression treatment. Lifetime prevalence for major depression is 10% to 25% for women and from 5% to 12% for men. In any year, 5% to 9% of women will experience major depression and from 2% to 3% of men will have it. Often, it co-exists with other situations like anxiety. But if less than half of these individuals are receiving major depression treatment, the amount of unnecessary suffering is huge.  And these rates are higher in young adults; up to 3 out of four students suffer from such conditions of depression and anxiety. Depression can vary from mild to severe, depending on on the level of symptom severity and interference  with day to day functioning. Depressed moods are commonly short and can have minimal effects on daily activities in milder type of depression. Severe depression involves symptoms that are more intense, last longer, and interfere more with daily functioning such as  job, school, social, family and social functioning. Symptoms of Depression may include:

  • Suicidal feelings, thoughts or behaviors
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Indecisiveness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Fatigue
  • Physical ailments
  • Isolating from others
  • Feeling hopeless, guilty or worthless
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Feelings of emptiness or sadness

Psychological, genetic and biological factors can cause depression. Normal causes of depression may involve concerns about the future, the loss of an important relationship, family conflict, work or academic difficulties, and transitioning to new environments. Major depression typically results from a combination of stressful situations and is not the result of a lack of will power or personal failure.

Major Depression Treatment:

Explore Feelings, problem solving and thoughts associated with major depression

  • Replace negative thoughts with realistic thoughts
  • Set manageable goals
  • Find the safe way to express your anger
  • Let yourself feel your feelings

Maintain Exercise and Health

  • Do not abuse drugs or alcohol
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Attend Yoga classes
  • Join the intramural team
  • Workout in a gym
  • Keep healthy nutrition- alcohol, caffeine and junk food may cause mood changes

Major Depression Treatment Works

It is essential to keep in mind that major depression treatment is effective. There are various successful elements in major depression treatment. Medication and psychotherapy are useful involvements for the treatment of depressive diseases. The treatment type that is suitable for you will rely on your personal preference, situational factors, history and severity of symptoms. However, if you have tried these methods and failed, or if your depression has reached severe levels, you likely need a higher level of care.  Because our treatment center relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful major depression 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.  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.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.