Depression is a Serious Issue.
There are simply hundreds of thousands of people who deal with depression on a daily basis. Are you one of them? Do you know someone that may be? How can you recognize the signs of depression? How can you help someone who may be facing depression within their lives?
While there are many forms and levels of severity in Depression, one thing is for sure, Depression negatively effects the way a person lives, the way a person is perceived, and the stability of their well being. So, what are some of the causes of adult Depression. What are the signs that a person you love, or maybe even yourself, is suffering from Depression? Here are some of the most common causes and symptoms.
Common Causes of Adult Depression:
- Genetic predisposition
- Hormonal imbalances
- Certain medical illnesses like Parkinson's disease, stroke or heart attack
- Traumatic Events
- Alcohol or substance abuse
Symptoms of Adult Depression:
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Weight gain or loss
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Anger, rage, anxiety
- Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States and affects more than 15 million American adults age 18 and older in a given year. Studies suggest that between 6 and 17% of the population will suffer from major depression at some time in their life. Depression is a serious condition that can impact every area of your life or a loved one’s. It can affect your social life, your family relationships, your career, and your sense of self-worth and purpose.
Though it may be difficult to relate to or understand individuals who may be experiencing depression, the most important thing that you can do is to talk to them, get them to talk to someone they can trust, a mental health professional or their doctor.
Common treatments of Adult Depression include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy which focuses on the causes of the depression and helps change negative thought patterns.
- Family therapy which, as an adjunct to individual therapy, can address patterns of communication.
- Creative expression through drama, art or music which is often a positive outlet for strong emotions.
- Medication which should be used with great caution, and only under careful supervision.
- Group therapy because it breaks down the feelings of isolation that many sufferers experience.
- Brain Stimulation Therapies for people with severe depression who do not respond to antidepressant medications.