Depression can be situational, brought on by a life event such as the loss of a loved one or a change in jobs or relationship status. Other forms of depression are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and can seem to appear for no reason. Depression comes in many forms, and the symptoms vary from person to person. Some people also become very proficient at masking the symptoms of depression. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
Clinical depression requires a diagnosis by a medical professional. Depression symptoms can range from mild to severe. Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Symptoms must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression. The cause of Major Depressive Disorder is not understood, but it does cause biological changes in the brain. Brain chemistry, hormones and inherited traits all play a part in making some people susceptible to the disorder.
Depression can affect anyone—even a person who appears to live in relatively ideal circumstances. People commonly hide the symptoms of their depression from friends and loved ones.
Depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders. Medication, Behavioral Modification, and Psychotherapy can all be part of the tools used to combat depression.
The first step is a psychiatric evaluation which involves a 45-minute session where we talk with you and learn about your personal and medical history. The evaluation will identify specific symptoms and explore medical and family histories as well as cultural and environmental factors with the goal of arriving at a diagnosis and planning a course of action.
At Revive Therapeutic Services, our licensed providers in Rhode Island can help you learn to cope with and manage depression.