It is estimated that approximately 280 million people in the world have depression. Depression doesn’t discriminate, it affects children, adults, and older adults alike. It not only affects the way we feel about ourselves and the world, but it can alter the way we think, eat, and sleep. At its worst, depression can lead to thoughts and acts of dying.
Let’s take a closer look at how depression can affect almost every area of your health and how we can partner together to help.
Pulling the curtain on depression
Depression can present in ways other than a low mood, including:
During a depressive episode, the person experiences significant difficulty in a variety of life domains, such as their personal and family affairs, and even in their educational and work endeavors.
Mental health issues associated with depression
In addition to the tight grip that depression may have on your life, it is also highly linked to other problems such as:
Did you know that anxiety disorders and depression have a strong overlap? Individuals with one of these diagnoses have as high as a 60% chance of experiencing the other. Additionally, research has shown that one in three individuals with depression also suffer from some form of substance abuse or dependence.
Depression and the body
While depression is considered a mental health condition, it is not exempt from affecting our physical vessel. Depression can impact the body and cause:
Regaining control of your body and mind
Our goal at South Florida Psychiatry is to partner with you in your journey to recovery. We do this by discussing all methods of treatment– all supported by the latest research. Our providers will work with you to create a plan that is tailored to your needs and comfort level.
Psychotherapies that are supported to treat depression include:
In addition to psychotherapy, medications are also considered an effective method of treating depression. Medications can be used for relieving depressive symptoms and can promote an internal sense of peace which helps individuals better grasp techniques and skills discussed in psychotherapy.
The risks of letting depression go untreated can be dangerous for an individual’s mental and physical health. That is why our goal at South Florida Psychiatry is to work with you to achieve optimal mental, emotional, and physical health.
For expert treatment and an individualized plan that is centered around your needs, we invite you to contact our office in Town Center One in Miami, Florida, to schedule a consultation.