Depression is generally described as a feeling of sadness, low spirits, or down in the dumps. While it is normal for people to feel this way from time to time those who have a diagnosis of depression can feel that way for weeks, months or even longer. Depression treatment works and is necessary for recovery.
Depression is a mood disorder typically caused by chemical changes in the brain or genetics, or both and is usually triggered by a stressful event or anxiety.
Anyone can develop depression, including children. However there are a number of factors and conditions which may play a role in depression:
- Alcohol or drug use
- Medical conditions such as thyroid, cancer, and chronic pain
- Medications such as steroids
- Sleeping problems
- Stressful life events such as: failed relationships, failing a class, death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss
- Physical or mental abuse
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Treatment for depression is effective and helpful to those who understand that it is a medical illness. At Rogers, we encourage our patients to learn more about their depression diagnosis and depression treatment.