Depression

Depression Defined:
Depression is more than just "feeling blue." Signs of Depression include persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness, as well as a lack of energy. It is often a response to loss, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or moving away from friends and family. In some cases, a long-term condition is associated with a biological cause. Mild Depression can affect nearly everyone at one time or another and will usually last just a few days. Clinical Depression can be mild or severe and last anywhere from a few weeks to several years.

Symptoms/Signs of Depression:

  • A Persistent Sad, Anxious, or "Empty" Mood
  • Feelings of Hopelessness, Pessimism, Guilt, Helplessness, and Worthlessness
  • Loss of Interest or Pleasure in Usual Activities
  • Sleeping Too Much or Too Little
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Decreased Energy, Fatigue, and Feeling "Slowed Down"
  • Thoughts of Death or Suicide - Suicide Attempts (see Suicide [links to “Suicide”])
  • Increased Restlessness and Irritability
  • Difficulty Concentrating, Remembering, or Making Decisions
  • Physical Symptoms, such as Headaches, Digestive Disorders, and Chronic Pain

BMS Treatment Options for Depression:

To determine if Depression is clinical, and more than just “feeling blue,” consider a Depression Screening at Behavior Management Systems before beginning treatment for Depression. If turning to a trusted relative or friend to talk about feelings doesn’t relieve the persistent signs of Depression, professional Depression Counseling Services is most likely necessary. Family Outreach is designed to help children, adolescents, and their families cope with Depression together. Patients with more severe or longer term Depression may benefit from prescribed medicine and possible Medication Management alongside continued Depression counseling sessions.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on treatment for Depression.

More Information about Depression from APA.org


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