For far too long, depression was often considered just a bad case of the blues. Thankfully, depression is now recognized as a serious medical condition. Life-saving depression treatment is available through American Addiction Centers. Call us today at 877-417-6237.
What is depression, and what causes it?
Depression comes in various forms and can be caused by either chemical imbalances in the brain or particular circumstances – such as postpartum depression that affects women who have recently given birth. Depression is a medical condition; treatment is nothing to be ashamed of, and getting help can only lead to a happier, more-productive life.
What are the signs of depression?
Certified mental health professionals are the ones best-equipped to make a depression diagnosis, but there are warning signs that may signal you or a loved one is suffering from depression:
- Appetite or weight changes: significant weight loss or weight gain, such as a change of more than five percent of body weight in a month.
- Loss of energy/motivation: a constant feeling of fatigue, where even small tasks are exhausting or take longer than usual.
- Self-loathing: strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
- Sleep changes: either in the form of insomnia or oversleeping.
- Concentration problems: trouble focusing at school or work, as well as difficulty in making decisions or remembering monthly responsibilities such as paying recurring bills.
The most serious symptom of a depression case is someone who has thoughts that life is no longer worth living. If you or someone you love is having such thoughts, you must seek help immediately by calling 911.
Depression and addiction is a brutal, common combination.
At least one out of every three alcoholics/addicts also suffers from mental illness. It’s important to receive treatment at an experience facility led by an expert dual diagnosis staff that addresses both addiction and mental illness, simultaneously. American Addiction Centers offers all of this and more.
Those with a substance abuse problem won’t be able to overcome depression without receiving comprehensive substance abuse help. Each sip of alcohol or line of cocaine taken by the dual diagnosis sufferer is like pouring gasoline on the smoldering mental health issue. The goal, after all, is to get you or your loved one well, and so treating the entire person is required. The services provided by American Addiction Centers’ highly-trained dual diagnosis treatment centers do exactly that. Call us now at 877-417-6237.
There are ways to combat addiction and depression.
Medical research has shown that exercise can be extremely helpful in overcoming both addiction and depression. Davidson College Associate Professor of Psychology Mark Smith performed research that suggests exercise offers a host of benefits to mental illness and addiction sufferers, with no negative side effects. ”The principal side effects are improved cardiovascular health, reductions in depression and anxiety, and improvements in physical appearance,” Smith told Ascribe Newswire.
Holistic drug rehabs are one form of treatment that includes exercise, yoga and other stress-relief techniques as part of the rehab stay.
Another treatment strategy essential to conquering both mental illness and substance abuse problems is individualized and group counseling. Depression problems don’t go away without talking about them, even though some may feel shame or embarrassment. Interaction with trained counselors and other clients suffering from the same afflictions has proven to help.
If you think you or a loved one might be suffering from depression, close friends and family, while they’re substitute for proper medical treatment, can provide simple gestures of love and emotional support that can mean the world to a depression sufferer. Trained psychologists, counselors or other professionals are also essential. Begin the process by calling us today at 877-417-6237.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find a depression treatment program. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury dual diagnosis and depression treatment.