Major depression (or “clinical depression”) is a mental health issue that can cause severe disruptions to a person’s overall quality of life. While everyone feels sad from time to time, a sadness that affects a person’s ability to function in their everyday life for weeks or months on end might be major depression. Suffering from major depression can be painful, but there is hope! Create Recovery Center can help you or a loved one learn to manage symptoms to get back on track to living a fulfilling and happy life.
Major depression differs from other forms of depression due to the duration of the symptoms. If you are experiencing the following symptoms for the majority of the day for two weeks or longer, you might have major or clinical depression. When reviewing these symptoms, remember that sometimes medical or physical issues can also cause some of these symptoms. Always be sure to rule out any medical or physical problem by consulting a family doctor or primary care physician.
This is not a comprehensive list; however, these are some of the common symptoms of major depression:
Overall, when someone just does not “seem like themselves,” they could be going through something emotionally difficult. People can become preoccupied with riskier behaviors to distract themselves from their thoughts. While coping with depression can be different for everyone, when a person engages in self-destructive or maladaptive behaviors, they might be on a downward spiral and need help. Create Recovery Center’s clinical experts can help a person learn to identify their triggers and learn healthy ways to cope with their depression.
Feeling sad following a loss, sudden change, or tragedy is a natural emotion. We all feel this way from time to time. Sometimes, we just need time to process grief or work through our feelings. The triggers of major depression are events that would likely cause sadness for anyone. People grieve and process emotions within their own time frame, and there’s no need to rush through feelings to “get over something.” However, with major depression, the person’s usual coping mechanisms might not be working. They may be dealing with an event that they have never handled and might not have coping skills. Biological and physical health issues can also be a factor that triggers depression. Some common triggers of major depression include:
At Create Recovery Center, we understand that there are many triggers for major depression. Our expert clinical team is trained in a variety of modalities to meet each person exactly where they are and provide them with the best individual treatment.
If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from depression, our assessment may be a beneficial tool. Although the assessment can not be used as a definitive diagnosis, it can help to determine how many symptoms associated with depression a person may be facing.
We base our assessment questions on the criteria laid out by the fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Regardless to the results of the assessment, it is important to note that major depressive disorder must be diagnosed by a trained medical professional.
Create Recovery Center understands that no two people experience depression in the same way. We offer a variety of treatment methods to help you find the best pathway to recovery!
Depression is commonly treated with a combination of these modalities: