What Is Depression?

Depression is a mental health condition caused by changes in the brain chemistry that affect the transmission of the chemicals and neurotransmitters used in emotional responses. There are different forms of it including: Major Depressive Disorder, Minor Depressive Disorder, Melancholia). It is characterized by feelings of extreme sadness, hopelessness, and apathy.

There are a variety of factors that can influence a person’s likelihood of developing depression such as difficult circumstances, genetics, stress, changes in hormone levels, medical conditions, and grief. Many individuals can struggle with undiagnosed major depressive disorder for years, however, with effective care, many patients are able to achieve good mental and physical health and wellbeing.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

When a patient has depression, his or her emotions, thought patterns, and behavior are all affected. Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Angry Outbursts
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Sadness and hopelessness
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • No appetite
  • Sexual problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Thoughts of or attempts to harm self

How Is Depression Treated?

Following a thorough psychiatric evaluation, a Remedy psychiatric provider will create an individualized treatment plan for each patient with depression as every patient has a unique experience and specific needs to be addressed. The prescribed treatment plan will depend on the patient, the severity of the disorder, and how he or she is currently responding to therapy or medication.