A common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act, often leading to emotional and physical problems at school, work, and home.
The parts of the brain affected by depression include: amygdala, hippocampus, and the dorsomedial thalamus.
Risk factors of depression include:
The general public only sees the emotional side of depression like acting out or not acting like yourself. If we took time to realize that depression is a condition that causes physical issues as well, maybe we would see that depression is a real disease that takes time and treatment to manage.
Those who deal with depression are more likely to experience those feelings for long periods of time and more frequently. A traumatic event does not cause depression; it only heightens an already existing issue in someone who deals with depression.
Medicine, therapy, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) are all helpful for depression
Although depressive disorder can be a devastating illness, it often responds to treatment. The key is to get a specific evaluation and treatment plan. Safety planning is important for individuals who have suicidal thoughts. After an assessment rules out medical and other possible causes, a patient-centered treatment plans can include any or a combination of the following:
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