Please do not confuse yourself between sadness and depression. Depression is not just sadness or a feeling; it’s a mental health condition that doesn’t always go away without medical intervention. Sadness is one of the symptoms of depression; there are many others, such as making you feel valueless and even physical symptoms (body aches, fatigue, and excessive hunger). Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, and Dr. Hardin are here to listen and help. Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today.
Depression is a common and serious mental illness that negatively affects your behavior, from how you feel and think to how you act and make decisions. Depression is more than just a feeling of sadness, it’s an actual medical condition, and it is treatable.
Depression causes feelings of extreme sadness/or a loss of interest in activities or life. It can lead to emotional and physical problems, which decreases one’s ability to function at work and at home. It is also called “major depressive disorder” or “clinical depression.”
The typical approach to treating people with clinical depression is medication and talk therapy. Research has shown that these paired treatments work effectively and may completely help you recover from depression in a few weeks to a couple of months, depending on severity.
Sadness vs. Depression
Sadness is an emotion that every normal person experiences caused by undesirable events. Plenty of life events can make us sad, unhappy, and unfulfilled — from the loss or absence of a loved one to a divorce or a failed business venture.
The two key elements that make sadness different from depression are: it has a trigger and can be alleviated through crying, venting, and talking it out with family or friends. In time, it passes.
Depression will make you feel the same emotion, sadness, without any trigger. If you feel sad for more than two weeks without an apparent reason, you should talk to a doctor.
Depression comes in multiple types, many of which have similar recognizable symptoms. Here is a general idea of what comprises depression:
You may think these are quite common experiences you may have encountered once or multiple times. However, experiencing some combination of these symptoms for at least two weeks may signify that you are in the midst of a depressive episode.
Depression affects anyone, even those who appear normal, lively, and happy.
Several factors can play a role in depression:
A family history of depression may make it more likely for you to get it. It’s thought that the condition can be passed down. If your parents have depression, you are likelier to have it too.
Death or Loss
Sadness and grief are normal reactions; however, such big stresses can trigger depression, like thoughts of suicide or feelings of worthlessness.
Personal troubles or disputes with family or friends may lead to depression.
Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can lead to depression as well. If you have been through abuse, even if it has passed, we advise that you talk to a doctor without hesitation.
Depression can be a side effect of some medical drugs you take for another condition.
Another common cause of depression is substance abuse. Some people rely on drugs to relieve emotional stresses, which may result in abuse later in life.
Social isolation due to another illness or separation from a family or social group can lead to depression.
Sometimes, even good things, like moving or graduating, could make you depressed. Although it may feel counterintuitive, the sudden environment change can trigger feelings of loneliness.
Sometimes depression pairs with, or can be a reaction to, another illness. Examples include:
Most fear that depression may impact their whole lives forever. However, even the most severe depression is treatable. Learning about depression treatment options will help you decide which approach is the best for you.
Psychological Treatments for Depression
Also known as talking therapies, psychological therapies help you change your thinking patterns and improve your coping skills in dealing with life’s stresses and conflicts. This method can help you stay well by identifying and changing unhelpful thoughts and behavior.
Medical Treatment for Depression
This treatment is commonly known as antidepressant medication. There’s a lot of misinformation about antidepressants. However, it is seen as the most useful in treating moderate to severe depression and some anxiety disorders.
Each treatment works for different people. Some may do well on one, and some others may not. Also, there are cases that medications may be incorporated with psychological treatment to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.
It’s important to remember that recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and it can take time – some take years. Just as no two people are the same, neither are their recoveries.
Be patient and go easy on yourself; we’ll be here to help using whichever treatment option works best for you. The important part is that you get treatment and know you are not alone.
Highland Family Medicine knows how hard it can be to struggle with depression. It’s painful for you and even more painful for your loved ones to see you endure it. With us, we’ll help you remedy your depression through medication to relieve symptoms and work out an arrangement for psychotherapy to heal your mind and treat it completely.
Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, Dr. Hardin, and the entire Highland Family Medicine team treat many Murfreesboro, TN, residents. With us, you are never alone, and we will help you win your battles by creating an effective treatment program for you. We care, and that’s why our treatment for depression goes beyond just writing a prescription.
Highland Family Medicine and its doctors, Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, and Dr. Hardin, have been serving and treating the community of Murfreesboro, TN, and surrounding areas for over two decades.
Collectively, they have treated more than 20,000 patients. Highland Family Medicine specializes in comprehensive health care for people of all ages, treating most ailments and non-emergencies.
Please don’t hesitate to call the Highland Family Medicine doctor’s office. Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, and Dr. Hardin are professionals and ready to serve.