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What is depression?
Depression goes by many names like clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD) and is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities or sometimes feel as if life isn’t worth living.
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More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. But don’t get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy, or both.
Causes of depression
Depression is not a normal part of growing older, and it should never be taken lightly. Unfortunately, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated in older adults, and they may feel reluctant to seek help.
- Hormonal imbalances and genetic predisposition
- Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or trauma
- Grief brought on by the loss of a loved one
- Substance abuse or misuse
- Major illness triggered by a medical use-case
Symptoms of depression
The first step to recovery is determining the underlying symptoms that arise from the persistent and unshakable feelings of grief and gloom. Beyond the emotional and mental struggles, depression also has a physiological effect.
- Memory difficulties or personality changes
- Physical aches or pain
- Fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems, or loss of interest in sex – not caused by a medical use-case or medication
- Often wanting to stay at home, rather than going out to socialize or doing new things
- Suicidal thinking or feelings
When to seek help
We work closely with you to provide interpersonal therapy sessions, tailor your treatment plan, and set realistic goals to address the distorted thought processes that contribute to depression.