Depressive Disorders

Depressive Disorders

Depressive disorders, including major depression, dysthymia and bipolar disorder, are mental illnesses characterized by persistent sadness, apathy, feelings of worthlessness and other symptoms. With proper treatment, people suffering from depression can once again enjoy the activities they used to participate in and lead full and productive lives.

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Continuous experience of sadness and emptiness
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Significant changes in appetite and/or sleep
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Decreased ability to concentrate or make decisions
  • Aches and pains with no medical explanation
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

Although depression is a serious and debilitating condition, it is highly treatable. Treatment typically combine psychotherapy and medication, though more severe cases may require hospitalization. Medication may also be accompanied by light therapy which mimics natural sunlight to regulate mood and behavior.

If you believe you may be suffering from depression, consult your doctor to discuss your symptoms and available treatment options. With help, depression can be managed and you can get on the path to recovery.