Nearly 7% of American adults suffer from some sort of mental illness. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. Depression can cause pain for both the person with depression and those who care for him/her. Depression is not a weakness, it is a real illness and most people who experience depression need treatment to feel better.

Unfortunately, many people who suffer from depression will not seek professional treatment because they believe depression is not serious. Depression is very treatable, with the overwhelming majority of individuals who seek treatment showing vast improvement. As with most illnesses, early detection is more effective and helps prevent the likelihood of serious reoccurrences. Advantage Mental Health Center can help those suffering from depression. Our treatment options for depression can include therapy and medication.

Many factors may play a role in depression, including traumatic life events, genetics, or physical differences in the brain. Depression can accompany other illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, heart diseases and ALS. Depression can make these conditions worse.

Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom; some people with depression may not feel sadness at all. While some individuals might experience several symptoms frequently, others might only experience symptoms if triggered. Depression has many other symptoms including physical ones and depend on the stage of the illness.

Common Symptoms of Depression can include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feeling
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Sleeping too much or too little and at all times of the day
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness

If you or someone you know suffers from any of these symptoms, get help today. Call 727-600-8093 to schedule an appointment