Depression


Sometimes the chemicals in our body cause unwarranted emotions, but sadness doesn't have to be a cloud that is constantly lingering overhead.

Young Adults

Depression is a strong feeling of sadness and hopelessness that can last for days, weeks and even months. The strong feelings can drain your energy and prevent you from enjoying everyday life.

Warning signs

  • Persistent feelings of emptiness or sadness, hopelessness, pessimism.
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable.
  • Thoughts of suicide.
  • Fatigue and decreased energy.

Types of Depression:

Major Depression

  • Is a clinical mental health condition that causes disorder to a person’s mood. Often attributed to a chemical imbalance, one can experiences extreme sadness, anger, and loss of interest to a point that interferes with daily life.

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia):

  • A chronic or ongoing depression disorder with similar symptoms, though less severe, than major depression.

Psychotic Depression:

  • When a person has disturbing false beliefs or delusions and hallucinations.

Postpartum Depression:

  • When hormonal and responsibility changes of having a newborn become more overwhelming than your average “baby blues”.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):

  • Depression that increases in the winter months as a result of less natural sunlight.

Bipolar Disorder:

  • An illness less common than depression, where a person experiences extreme cycles of emotional highs and lows.

Fact:

Each year, almost 5,000 young people (ages 15 to 24) kill themselves.

What can I do?

Visit a doctor or mental health specialist where they can evaluate the next best form of treatment, whether it be some form of therapy or medication.

Possible medications for treatment:

  • Antidepressants primarily work on brain chemicals called neurotransmitters to increase serotonin and dopamine. These medications include: Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, and Celexa.
  • Sedatives like Xanax and Niravam can help treat anxiety and panic disorder.