Major depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America reports that having a major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for adults into their mid-40’s. While each person is affected differently, everyone is impacted when depression interferes with their home, work, school and personal life.
Major Depression Statistics
Healthline reports 1 out of 10 people experience depression following a loss, traumatic event or life change. In addition, the phrase “having the blues” is commonly understood as having a sad or emotional time. Major depression affects almost 15 million adults in the U.S. during the course of a year, with the median age of onset at 33 years old. The incidence of depression is higher than reported as many men and women fail to seek help, continuing to struggle on through daily life.
Symptoms of Major Depression
While symptoms experienced with major depression vary from person to person, Mayo Clinic reports indicate there are numerous symptoms that are reported time after time. These major depression symptoms include
- Feelings of being sad and unhappy that last more than 2 weeks
- Loss of interest or pleasure in taking part in normal daily activities
- Either insomnia or excessive sleeping
- 5% change in weight (up or down) in a one-month period
- Overwhelming fatigue and tiredness, slowed movements
- Poor ability to focus, concentrate or make decisions
- Dwelling on thoughts of death and suicide
- Unstable emotions (agitation, crying spells, angry outbursts, self guilt, etc.)
Reaching out for psychiatric help for major depressive diagnosis is critically important and can significantly ease the physical and emotional aspects of the disorder. Find the best psychiatrist who has years of experience and a track record of successful depression treatment in Atlanta.
Depression Usually Accompanied by Other Mental Disturbances
There are many mental health issues that often accompany depression which need to be considered in a complete diagnosis and treatment plan. Psychological disorders may be triggers to depression or may manifest themselves as a consequence of the depressive episode. In either case, prescribing a specific medication mix is paramount to effective treatment.
Each disorder needs to be addressed separately as well as comprehensively for an effective treatment plan to succeed. Research shows common co-existing anxiety disorders include PTSD, OCD, panic, general anxiety, and social phobia; substance abuse of alcohol and drugs are also often seen co-existing with depression.
Individualized Treatment by Expert Atlanta Depression Psychiatrist
Dr. Darvin Hege, a well known Atlanta depression psychiatrist, has a long successful history of treating major depression. Each person needs their program designed using a medication management regime that fits their specific needs, triggers, and possible co-existing illness.
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