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Where Did My Happiness Go? Understanding Depression

Updated: Apr 21

By: Deborah Danner, Ph.D.(c), LCPC, CADC, NCC


Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. It causes feelings of sadness, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.


Causes and Risk Factors


Depression can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It can affect anyone, at any age, but often starts in adulthood. Certain risk factors make individuals more susceptible to depression, including life events, personal or family history of depression, and certain physical illnesses and medications.


Symptoms


Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed

  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue

  • Feeling worthless or guilty

  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions

  • Thoughts of death or suicide


Treatment


Depression is treatable, and most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy, or both. Other methods used for treating depression include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and other brain stimulation therapies.


Conclusion


Depression is a serious condition but understanding its nature, causes, symptoms, and treatment options can help individuals seek help. It’s important to remember that if you’re dealing with depression, you’re not alone, and there are professionals who can provide support and treatment. Call today to schedule a session with one of our highly qualified clinicians. You aren't in this alone, we are here to support you.


**Remember, if you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, it’s important to seek help immediately by calling 911, a mental health professional or a trusted person in your life.

 

 

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