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depressionIf you or someone you know has been suffering from depression, you know how disruptive and upsetting this condition can be. At first others may not understand what is happening with someone with depression. They may feel that the sufferer is withdrawing from social activities and events because of some fault of their own. However, this is rarely the case. Depression is a mental illness that affects nearly 25 percent of all people in their lifetimes.

Symptoms

Depression is not really about being sad. Of course, a depression sufferer can experience extreme bouts of sadness during its course, however, it comes with many other feelings as well. Many people with depression will descript a “helpless” or “hopeless” feeling that they cannot shake. They may feel that life is not worth living and it cannot get any better no matter what they do.

Depression sufferers also endure physical pain such as headaches, muscle soreness, and all-over achiness. These symptoms are often confused with other conditions, however, when combined with sadness and negative thoughts, physical complaints of the depressed can be excruciatingly painful.

Changes in mood are also a marked characteristic of someone suffering from depression. People tend to withdrawal from social events or become moody and irritable. They may have trouble getting out of bed, attending to personal hygiene, and eating properly.

Treatment

There are many treatment options for those with depression. Treatment is discreet and effective, and does not bring about the shame and stigma that mental illness used to do in past years. Depression can effectively be treated through counseling, self-help, and even prescription medications. It is important to know that depression does not have to be permanent. It can be reversed, and the sufferer can begin to enjoy life again.

Dual Diagnosis

We also want to spend the time to cover all of the other illnesses that can co-occur along side of depression.  These are plentiful and all have depression as a symptom, so where a person might think they are dealing with one specific mental health issue, it might actually be some larger issue that they are unaware of.  We can help with this too.  Please read all of the articles provided to see if any of them give you any extra insight into your own particular situation.