How can you stop depression? Depression can be defined as a disorder which negatively affects the thoughts, mood and body. It negatively affects a person’s outlook on life as well as their eating, sleeping, their perspective and how they process thoughts. Depression does not go away on its own after a few weeks. No matter how much you try, this condition will not go away over time and the sufferer needs professional help. Without treatment depression can easily last for months or even years. The positive thing is that you can stop depression with the right type of treatment, which can be highly effective in reducing or eliminating depression and beginning recovery.
Depression is a common condition that affects 21 million people, or 10% of the United States population. A worldwide study conducted a decade ago concluded that depression is the number one causality of disabilities in both women and men around the world.
How to Know that You Have Depression?
Depression can be tricky to diagnose because everyone is different and the symptoms can differ from person to person. Whereas some people may have mild symptoms of most of the signs, another person may have a few extreme symptoms of only a couple of the signs. Likewise depression can depend on your gender and age. Below is a list of some signs and symptoms of depression:
- Feeling like there is no hope and your life is over.
- Starting to get dark thoughts such as thinking about death a lot or suicide.
- Being very cranky and irritable.
- Having trouble making decisions, remembering and concentrating
- Feeling extremely tired and fatigued.
- Having a hard time waking up in the morning.
- No longer enjoy activities that you always loved to do such as stamp collecting or boating.
- No longer enjoying sex.
- Feeling empty or sad.
Stop Depression with Treatment
There are various methods to treat depression which depends on the person’s own personal preferences and how severe the symptoms have become. The two most common treatments are talking with a therapist and receiving psychiatric medications, usually in combination. These may be thought of as the first line treatments for depression. However, not everyone responds to these treatments and sometimes more intense treatment is warranted, particularly if feelings of hopelessness, helpless and suicidal thoughts are present. If this is the case, do not be discouraged; you can still stop depression!
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 depression and other disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. We can help you stop depression and begin recovery. 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.