Adult Depression by Peter Newhouse, PhD, LMSW, ACSW
Depression is a very real and serious condition. Anyone can suffer from it. Nearly 20.9 million Americans suffer from some form of depression each year.
Depression is often triggered by:
- Divorce, death of a family member, loss of job, or serious financial problems
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Certain medications and diseases
- Hormonal changes in women
- In older adults, health problems and functional limitations associated with aging
Signs and symptoms that can help you determine if you are depressed:
- Sad or irritable mood nearly every day
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
- Sudden change in weight or appetite
- Inability to sleep or sleep too much
- Frequent feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Frequent thoughts of death or suicide
You do not need all of these signs and symptoms. There are many other signs of depression that vary from one person to another.
Treatment & Recovery
Certain chemicals in the brain play a key role in regulating mood and behavior. When these become imbalanced, it can lead to depression.
With the proper diagnosis and treatment, most people will see improvement in their symptoms. The two main treatments are counseling and medication. Many people will also benefit from a combination of both types of treatments.
At Winning At Home Family Wellness, we can provide sound Biblical advice on how to cope with the stressors and challenges of life. It is important to remember that you are not alone on your journey and that there are many resources available to help.
Some things you can do on your own that may help you feel better include:
- Regular exercise
- A healthy diet
- Getting adequate rest (7-8 hours suggested)
- Reducing or eliminating caffeine
Counselors at Winning At Home Family Wellness refer certain clients for medications in helping them deal with their particular issues. We desire the whole person to have victory and healing.
Medications for depression work by helping the chemical imbalance in the brain. The medications may take several weeks to be effective, but are generally safe and work well.
Talk to your doctor to see what medication would be appropriate for you. They will discuss with you the benefits and possible side effect.
Remember, there is nothing wrong with having depression. The right thing is to seek help.
Important – If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, seek professional help immediately.