Understanding Depression

Depression HelpWhy can’t I just get over how sad I’m feeling?

Frequently those who have suffered from marked periods of sadness have asked themselves this very question. However, answering that question along with understanding the healing process isn’t always so simple. Since we all feel blue or sad at one time or another, it’s normal to feel this way for short periods of time. Yet when one experiences depression, they often encounter feelings of sadness, inadequacy, and worthlessness.  Therefore there is a difference between someone feeling sadness and someone experiencing depression.

What is the difference between sadness and depression?

A major difference between the two are the feelings of sadness– that come and go. Provided that the moments of sadness are brief– we consider it a natural part of the human experience. Whereas when one experiences depression it adversely affects their quality of life and hinders their day-to-day living. Seeing as sadness and depression tend to go hand in hand it makes it difficult to determine whether you or a loved one is depressed or just feeling periodically sad.

To help you identify whether it is depression or sadness we have listed some symptoms of depression to include:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Marked changes in appetite
  • Agitation or restlessness

Who experiences depression?

Did you know that one in 10 adults in the U.S. report feeling depressed, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making depression treatment one of the most addressed mental illnesses today? 

Considering some sufferers may be involved in an abusive relationship, others may have financial or legal problems. These unresolved issues from the past can be the cause for depression in the present. 

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression what can you do to help? 

Whatever the cause of the depression — and no matter how mild or severe — Solutions Treatment Center, in Santa Fe, is here to help.  We offer comprehensive treatment options that include, but are not limited to: one-on-one counseling, life skills coaching, group counseling and process art therapy.

Our highly-experienced clinical team believes in addressing the whole person by getting to the root of underlying pains and past traumas in an effort to heal and rebuild the individual. With the energetic and highly-trained staff at Solutions, depression help is right around the corner — a more productive life awaits you and/or your loved ones.

Solutions – we can help you find your way again. Call one of our intake counselors for a free consultation – 877-499-1354 or 505-424-3170.