Major Depression

Major Depression

An estimated 7.2% of men and women in the United States have experienced a significant depressive episode. Depression can wreak havoc on your life, affecting your self-esteem, job performance, and personal relationships. Our providers at Ohio Psychiatric Services, can help to resolve your feelings of despair or worthlessness.

What is depression?

Major depressive disorder, usually called depression, is a mental health condition characterized by persistent, overwhelming feelings of sorrow or hopelessness. Everyone experiences these normal emotions from time to time. When that feeling lasts for more than a few weeks, however, it can indicate the presence of major depressive disorder.

Depression makes it difficult to participate in life and enjoy activities and relationships. It can interfere with your ability to function and may impact your work performance, health, and personal growth.

What causes depression?

  • A variety of factors contribute to depression. Some of these include:
  • A history of trauma or abuse
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Genetics
  • Substance abuse
  • Certain medications
  • Social isolation

Sometimes, major life events, such as getting married, career changes, or retiring, can trigger an episode of depression. Many times, however, depression arises without an apparent cause.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression affects each person differently. You may experience many of the most common symptoms or just a few. And symptoms can range from mild to severe.

The most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent “empty” or anxious feelings
  • Feeling helpless, worthless, or guilty
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems

People with depression have an increased risk of suicide. If you or someone you love has expressed suicidal thoughts or intentions, do not hesitate to seek help from a qualified mental health provider.

How is depression treated?

The team at Ohio Psychiatric Services designs customized treatment plans to address your individual experience with depression. Many patients with depression respond well to antidepressants and other prescription medications, but medication is not always necessary to resolve depression.

Your treatment plan may include counseling to help you resolve the underlying issues that contribute to your depression. If you have tried many treatment options in the past without success, you could benefit from transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS is a drug-free treatment that stimulates specific areas of your brain to help regulate your mood. TMS is FDA-approved for treatment-resistant depression.

Do not wait to seek help for depression. For high-quality care in a safe, comfortable environment, schedule a consultation with a team member today. Call the office in Lancaster, Ohio, or make an appointment online today.

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