Is it Really Depression?

At times clinicians miss opportunities for Depression Screening and Treatment. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in America. Depression not only affects the quality of life but also is a leading cause of disability and is associated with higher mortality. Despite the impact of this condition, a substantial proportion of people with depression are undiagnosed and untreated.

Many Americans are not having their depression needs assessed because of the neglect of effectively screening for depression. The depression assessment in adults varies by sociodemographic characteristics and depressive symptoms.

What is depression?

Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Typical symptoms are that a person feels tired, does not want to socialize, and has overall feelings of sadness, and chronically fatigued. Imagine what it feels like to wake up in the morning and not want to get out of bed and engage in events that should bring self-reward. Now imagine if those experiences were 10x worse, where it felt impossible to get out of bed. With depression, the feelings of isolating, laying around, and not moving because the easiest function to accept. It can be a very difficult and crippling for clients that do not receive help.

What causes depression?

Depression may be a result of a variety of things: brain chemistry, traumatic events, or life circumstances. For some people, depression is a life-long struggle, while for others they can learn coping techniques that will help improve and manage symptoms. To understand the onset of depression from a more complex concept, researchers began to look at neuroscience approaches to understand depression as being more than a brain chemical imbalance. It was found regions of the brain that affect mood may be damaged; life circumstances may have changed DNA known as “epigenetic.” Also, stress, loss, and medical issues can increase depressive symptoms.

What can be done about depression?

Depression may seem complex, but there are three standard treatments for depression: psychiatric medication, therapy, and exercise or a combination of all three. Clients that are experiencing clinical depression are encouraged to seek therapy to increase meaningful work, improve socialization, change eating habits, and improve the quality of sleep. Talking about past trauma, hurt, and sadness with a therapist can help.

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