Depression affects nearly 350 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. People who suffer from depression experience low energy levels, loss of interest and enjoyment in activities, low feelings of self-worth, poor concentration, and more. Depression can affect every aspect of someone’s life – work functioning, managing relationships, maintaining healthy diet, and more.
We all have moments where we feel sad and upset – but depression consists of episodes that are either mild, moderate, or severe. If a person experiences an occasional mild episode of depression, they may not need immediate attention from a doctor, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t take part in healthy activities to work through their depression. Speaking with a trusted friend or participating in self-care activities may help the person through that period of depression. There is also never harm in seeking out a therapist to work through issues, no matter what they are. However, if someone is experiencing recurring episodes of mild to severe depression, they need to speak with a doctor as soon as possible.
Symptoms of mild to severe depressive episodes are dependent on the number and length of each episode.
- Mild depressive episodes: Difficulty in continuing work and social activities, but probably not to the extent to where those actions cease. In this instance, the person is still able to continue with their obligations, but their depression has affected their performance. A person experiencing this should seek out a doctor and therapist immediately to begin their journey to recovery and healthy living.
- Severe depressive episodes: The person will unlikely be able to continue with work, family, and social obligations, or at least performs to a very limited extent. In this case, many people isolate themselves because they feel that they are completely alone. This is not true, and the person should seek out a doctor and therapist immediately. Recovery may include medication and psychotherapy, and the person should rely on loving friends and family who can be supportive of their mental illness.
Oftentimes, individuals suffering from a severe depressive episode may contemplating harming themselves or committing suicide. If a person is considering these actions, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Everyone deserves love, respect, and to live a wonderful life. No one is alone – we all have struggles that we are dealing with. There are so many people that can provide their support and resources to help someone through this. Help is not far and all it takes is calling that number mentioned above.
You might be struggling with depression alone or trying to fight depression in addition to an addiction. Seeking treatment which provides true primary mental health or proven dual diagnosis treatment is critical to making a full recovery. You can recover. New Vista Behavioral Health is a family of treatment providers offering higher standards in exceptional care for better outcomes. Call us today to start your treatment for depression: 866-855-4202