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Symptoms of Depression & Seeking Treatment

Symptoms of Depression & Seeking Treatment

Understanding Depression

Everyone feels sad now and again, but some people experience severe unhappiness that interferes with everyday life. This is known as depression.

Depression affects men and women of all ages, including children, and can be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or down in the dumps. While no one knows the exact cause of depression, many researchers believe depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that may be hereditary or triggered by the events in a person’s life. However, the condition may also occur in those with no family history.

According to the National Institutes of Health, warning signs and symptoms of depression may include:

  • Agitation, restlessness and irritability
  • Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss
  • Extreme difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate and inappropriate guilt
  • Inactivity and withdrawal from usual activities, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed (such as sex)
  • Thoughts of death or suicidal ideation
  • Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping

A person with major depression usually exhibits five or more of the above symptoms for at least two weeks. Most people with depression benefit from antidepressant drug therapy, along with psychotherapy. With proper care from the help of a depression treatment center, symptoms can be managed to provide relief and give patients a brighter outlook on their lives. 

If you, a friend or a family member is dealing with unmanageable thoughts and feelings of depression, anxiety or even suicidal thoughts, treatment at Austin Lakes Hospital could be the next step. Depression treatment in our Austin, Texas, location can help patients get their lives back. 

Our facility has a long history of treating depression and other mental health issues, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. Inpatient treatment for depression may be a good fit for individuals facing major symptoms like feeling suicidal or completely hopeless. Austin Lakes also has outpatient depression treatment options for patients who don’t need around-the-clock supervision. 

Our treatment team will put together a treatment plan for patients that meets their needs, mixing group therapy, individual counseling and other evidence-based methodologies to improve mental health conditions. 

If you think you or someone you know may have depression, contact us for a no-cost, confidential assessment.

For more information on depression, visit the National Institutes of Health.

We’re Here to Help

Talking with one of the mental health professionals at our treatment center could help answer your questions. Our team wants to identify how we may be able to help you or your loved one improve daily life with our mental health services. We offer no-cost, confidential assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 512-544-5253.

Our inpatient and outpatient programs can help individuals deal with mental illness or behavioral health issues whether they’re suffering from depression, anxiety or other disorders. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.