Depression is a mood disorder that has
psychological and biological causes and depression can
life threatening. Depression is characterized as being
in a bad mood for at least two consecutive weeks. Individuals
who are in a depression show little interest in anything
and get no pleasure from activities. If you suspect
you or a loved one has depression, do not hesitate to
call National Referral today to find out what you can
do about it. About 17% of adults in the United States
have suffered with at least one episode of major depression
which can make life feel hopeless and worthless.
Symptoms of depression include problems
with eating. This can mean eating too little or eating
too much. Too much or too little sleeping can also occur
in individuals who are suffering with depression. Other
symptoms include problems with:
* making decisions
* lacking energy
* thinking about suicide
* feeling worthless or
If you or a loved one is suffering from
depression you probably already know it. Dramatic mood
changes and sullen personality swings are not tough
to identify and can be difficult for those around the
sufferer. Depression can be caused by stressors such
as work problems, financial difficulties or family troubles.
Depression also has biological causes including various
brain chemical imbalances. Genetic factors are very
strong and studies of twins have shown that if one twin
suffers from depression there is an 80% chance the other
twin will too(S.O. Moldin, Behavior Genetics, 1991)
The combination of psychological stressors
and genetic predisposition mean that depression cannot
be treated with out help. Willpower and positive thinking
are powerless in the face of debilitating depression
and professional intervention< is required.
National Referral can direct you to leading
professionals who can treat depression and other disorders
such as alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders
and other anti-social behaviors that require outside
help. It is essential to find a facility that is up
to date with the most successful anti-depressant drugs
as well as incorporating the latest psychotherapy techniques.
Anti-depressants can be very effective in regulating
emotions and moods whereas psychotherapy can change
destructive thinking patterns and solve hidden problems.
This combination is found to be the most effective versus
anti-depressants or therapy alone.
Depression is a chronic disorder that
can continue to get worse over time if left untreated.
Treatment is available and effective. Do not let depression
continue to limit your life, call National Referral