Mental Disorders
Affect 1 in 5 People

Call Our 24/7 Helpline
(866) 954-0529

Help is closer than you think

Fill out the form below and a treatment consultant will contact you shortly

What is Depression?

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that wields the power to alter an individual’s thought, feeling, behavior and way of handling daily activities. In fact, it is a dangerous mental illness involving one’s mood, thoughts and body. Depression is often wrongly considered a personal weakness or a blot in the character. When left untreated, depression can hamper one’s ability to perform in personal and professional life and can give rise to a plethora of emotional and physical problems.

Often confused with feelings of sadness, depression is beyond grief experienced in cases involving loss of job, death of a loved one or ending of a relationship. While the grieving process is natural and may involve feelings of sadness and withdrawal from people and activities, depression may involve feelings of worthlessness and loss of interest in activities for a prolonged period of time.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), major depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States and in 2015 an estimated 16.1 million adults (aged 18 or above) suffered from one major depressive disorder in the past year. While depression can affect anyone, it is among the most treatable disorders, with almost all the patients eventually responding well to treatments. A comprehensive treatment for depression at depression treatment centers in Los Angeles, California may involve medication, psychotherapy or both.

Depression: Causes, symptoms and risk factors

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), symptoms of depression can vary from mild to severe and can last for at least two weeks. Some of the signs of depression are:

  • Increased fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Persistent physical symptoms
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Persistent sad or depressed mood
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death, suicide or suicidal attempts

Not everyone suffering from depression might experience the same kind of symptoms as their severity and frequency depend on an individual and the stage of one’s illness. Several factors like genetics, trauma, biochemistry, major life changes, stress, medical conditions, brain changes, drug and alcohol abuse and personality can play a key role in developing the disorder. Found to be more common in women than men, depression is expressed differently in both the genders. According to NIMH, while women suffering from depression are more likely to experience excessive guilt, feelings of sadness and worthlessness, men with depression may become irritable, frustrated, abusive and turn to drugs and alcohol.

Types of depressive disorders

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Fifth Edition, depressive disorders include major depressive disorder (MDD) (including major depressive episode), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), premenstrual dysphoric disorder, depressive disorder due to another medical condition, substance/medication-induced depressive disorder, other specified depressive disorder, and unspecified depressive disorder.

Though all depressive disorders share some common symptoms like sadness, emptiness or irritable mood along with certain biological and cognitive changes, they are mostly different in terms of causes, duration and timing. Depressive disorders can occur at any age, but many typically develop during mid-teens, 20s, or 30s. Following are some of the common types of depressive disorders.

  • MDD: Also known as major or unipolar depression, MDD is characterized by stubborn feeling of sadness or lack of interest. Some of the symptoms include:
    • Restlessness
    • Impaired concentration
    • Guilt or worthlessness
    • Fatigue or loss of energy
    • Recurring suicidal thoughts
    • Significant weight changes
  • Persistent depressive disorder: Also called dysthymia, the disorder is a form of chronic depression and occurs on most of the days for at least two years. In contrast to the more intense episodes of MDD, persistent depression can also extend throughout a person’s life. Some of the symptoms include:
    • Poor self-esteem
    • Indecisiveness
    • Insomnia or hypersomnia
    • Poor appetite or overeating
    • Low energy or fatigue
    • Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
  • DMDD: A childhood condition of extreme irritability, anger and intense temper outbursts can be a case of DMDD that may begin before the age of 10. Some of the symptoms include:
    • Severe temper outbursts
    • Irritable or angry mood, every day
    • Trouble performing daily tasks
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle, the disorder involves anxiety and mood symptoms that begin to surface within a few days of the onset of menses and become minimal or dissolve a week after menstruation. Some of the symptoms include:
    • Marked depressed mood
    • Marked irritability or anger
    • Marked anxiety, tension
    • Marked mood swings
    • Feeling overwhelmed
    • Physical symptoms like weight gain, muscle pain or bloating

Treatment at Sovereign Mental Health

Considering the different types of depressive illnesses, treatment for depression must be comprehensive and specialized, and should involve utmost care and attention. The most important element to remember is to talk about one’s depressive thoughts, if they arise. By expressing the personal struggle to others, the individual will quickly find out that he or she is not alone and can grab the needed resources to recover. A comprehensive treatment at depression treatment centers in Los Angeles, California, may involve medication or psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy.

At Sovereign Mental Health Group, a dually licensed mental health and addiction treatment facility, we provide evidence-based treatment for depression. After an intense and rigorous pre-assessment, each patient is offered a customized depression treatment program by a team of trained clinicians and certified psychiatrists. The initial assessment not only helps detect any underlying co-occurring conditions but also enables us to develop a tailor-made treatment program as per the need and medical history of the patient. An organization accredited by the Joint Commission, Sovereign Mental Health’s state-of-the-art depression treatment programs offer medication, individual and group psychotherapy, CBT, and therapeutic activities like yoga, meditation, art therapy and equine therapy as part of both outpatient and inpatient services.

In addition to offering evidence-based treatment, we also help in preventing relapses and extending the recovery for a healthier life. As part of our continuing care program, we constantly strive to maintain our client’s mental health and reduce any probability of a relapse. Even when a patient is out of our rehab, we are there to give them the required support.

As part of our continuing care efforts, Sovereign Mental Health Group offers Technology Enhanced Aftercare and Monitoring (T.E.A.M.) program that assists patients post their treatment, if needed. A functional continuing care program, T.E.A.M. program assists a recovering individual in dealing with stress, resisting the craving for an addictive substance, finding a healthy social group and returning to a normal life. Sovereign Mental Health Group offers specialized treatment for various mental health problems, co-occurring disorders or addictions. For more information about our holistic treatment programs, please call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with our representatives for further assistance.

Copyright ©2015 Sovereign Health Group. All rights reserved.