Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. Depression is more than just feeling sad or down sometimes. It is a mood disorder that affects how you feel, think, and deal with daily life.
Common Symptoms of Depression
- Hopelessness or feelings of guilt
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in sleep
- Loss of energy
- Agitation and restlessness
- Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
- Physical aches
- Suicidal thoughts
What causes depression?
Depression can be triggered by something specific, like a traumatic life event. But it can also happen unexpectedly. Some common factors:
- Going through a traumatic experience, especially at an early age
- Genetics (mood disorders can run in families)
- Medical conditions, like chronic pain or anxiety
- Drug and alcohol use
Treatment for Depression
It is important to get a specific evaluation for depression and a treatment plan. A treatment plan might include:
- Exercise to help with symptoms
- Alternative approaches, like meditation or nutrition
Learn more about depression and view a screening tool in the Dealing with Depression newsletter.
To find help for depression, call us or search for a provider.
This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose conditions or to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you might have a behavioral health condition, please seek help from a medical professional.