Depression is a Mood Disorder characterized by an overwhelming, prolonged sense of sadness that doesn’t alter or improve based on circumstances. A person with Depression can still experience periods of relief and periods of more intense sadness, but overall, positive feelings feel dampened or darkened by the overreaching “cloud.” This constant weight of sadness can cause a person to feel apathetic toward life and distanced from people, sometimes leading to suicidal thoughts. When considering various approaches to depression treatment, it’s important to understand that depression is distinct from normal sadness.
Explanations for why depressive symptoms occur vary from person to person, but known causes of depression include:
Physical diseases - Depression can be triggered by another serious illness, especially those in the brain and endocrine system.
Hormone imbalance – Sometimes caused by hypothyroidism, a genetic condition, or as part of a pregnancy. Endocrinology plays a significant role in mood, and depression.
Neurotransmitter imbalance – Some people with depression may struggle with a shortage of certain important mood-regulating neurotransmitters, like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
Chronic pain and chronic fatigue – These conditions are complex, at times a result of genetics, at other times the result of frequent injuries. Constant pain can lead to depression.
Environmental factors – Trauma, bullying, abuse, upbringing, loss, and other environmental factors can increase vulnerability to depression.
Excessive substance use – Drug use can affect the brain and mood regulation, causing mood swings, low moods, and depressive symptoms.
Certain personality traits - Young Adults who struggle with low self-esteem or being too dependent are more prone to developing depression.
The most important step is finding professional mental health help, as soon as possible, wherever is best for you. Although many people unfortunately try to do so, there’s no reason to face this alone. We believe you should go to the place that best fits your mental health needs, and we welcome you if that place is Paradigm. Here are a few things about how Paradigm’s depression treatment is unique:
A Healthy Escape
A person suffering from depression often has a strong desire to get away from everything. This is why the young adult often pulls away from friends, family, and activities. Paradigm can be a healthy escape, helping them find some peace while starting them on the path of depression treatment. Taking refuge away from the bustle of the city can help people feel freer and more open during depression treatment.
Not A Big Crowd
Many times, one of the biggest stressors in a young adult's life is the huge swarm of people watching, and often judging, every move. It can feel intimidating to be honest and open your feelings, especially when you’re dealing with depression. The small number of people at Paradigm can often make for an easier time in depression treatment, giving you the space to focus on your own depression treatment.
This is a top-notch organization with extremely talented therapists, clean and safe
facilities and a staff that genuinely cares about its patients. Our son was quite honestly a lost cause - or so we thought. He had a dual-diagnosis and was suffering from depression, bi polar disorder and was self medicating with marijuana and pain pills. Now, as a direct result of the people at Paradigm, he is doing so very well. He is clean and sober and is an active participant in his life!
- Brian T.
How do I Know if I’m Actually Depressed?
If you’re experiencing some of the depressive symptoms described here, there is a possibility that you might be experiencing depression. However, self-diagnosis is never a reliable method, and only further complicates things. It’s easier to deny the possibility of something like depression, especially because it can seem like a very scary condition. However, a diagnosis does not magically make your symptoms worse. A depression diagnosis can, however, lead to treatment, which makes you feel better. If you’ve been feeling down, getting checked out by a mental health professional can save you a lot of grief.
Then What Should I Do If I Think I Am?
If you think you might have depression, get confirmation sooner rather than later. It never hurts to know, but it can hurt not knowing. If you don’t know a mental health professional (such as a doctor or psychologist) to talk to, start by talking to a parent, teacher, or mentor you trust. Be honest about how you feel with someone you trust and see if you together can’t find someone to help you understand what’s going on.
Then What Happens?
After a diagnosis, depression treatment will depend entirely on a variety of factors, including the specifics of what you’re struggling with and the circumstances you’re living with. Depression treatment has come a long way in just a few decades and living with depression no longer has to be agony. You can lead a happy life with the right mental health treatment. Sometimes, it can take some trial-and-error to figure out what that treatment might be. Be patient and be honest about your feelings and results – it can help professionals make the necessary adjustments to help you find more effective depression treatment.