Learn about Depression
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What is Depression?
Depression, also called major depressive disorder is one of most prevalent forms of mental illness.
Although it may occur only one time during your life, most people will have multiple episodes of depression that present significant challenges most of the day, almost every day for weeks at a time.
Symptoms of depression are wide-ranging and our team is trained to understand your unique experience with it.
Symptoms of Depression
Regardless of the severity, depression should be taken seriously. It is not something you can work through alone, but don’t be discouraged. In the care of qualified physicians, most people begin to feel better with medication, psychological counseling or a combination of the two.
Symptoms can range in presentation from mild (such as being more emotional or feeling a general sense of unhappiness without really knowing why), to severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities (such as personal relationships, social activities and performance at work).
Common Depression Symptoms
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Irritability or bursts of anger
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities or hobbies
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Moving or talking more slowly
- Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts (in older adults, this is particularly common in men)
Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults
In older adults, symptoms can appear differently but depression is not a normal part of growing old.
Do not be reluctant to seek help if you or a member of your family is struggling with symptoms such as memory loss, personality changes, increasing aches and pain, and sleep problems or chronic fatigue. If you or someone you love is experiencing signs or symptoms of depression, our highly-trained team of psychiatrists and clinicians are here to help.
Learn the signs and symptoms of depression in older adults
- Do you feel very tired, helpless, and hopeless?
- Have you lost interest in many of the activities and interests you previously enjoyed?
- Are you having trouble working, eating, sleeping, and functioning?
- Have you felt this way day after day?
If you answered yes, you may be experiencing depression.
To learn more about Older Adults and Depression, please download this helpful article from the National Institute of Mental Health, and reach out to the professional team at Novum Psychiatry for help.
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We know that taking the first step can be difficult. Whether this is your first time seeking psychiatric care or if you are seeking a new provider, Novum Psychiatry can help. Our team of psychiatrists and therapists are committed to understanding your unique experience and working closely with you on a treatment plan to maximize the quality of your life.