Depression is a serious medical mental disorder that is categorized by sadness, anxiety and emptiness. Also classified by aversion to activity, depression can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and physical well-being.
Depression is also associated with changes in substances within the brain that help nerve cells communicate. The level of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine are directly related to depression.
Depression can be caused by a multitude of things including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, the sudden death of a family member or friend, personal problems, substance abuse, serious illness and it can even be genetic.
More common among women than men, depression affects more than 20 million people in the United States and it is reported that depression can begin as early as the teenage years, although it has been reported to develop earlier.
You or a loved one might be depressed if you are experiencing:
- Ongoing sadness
- Feelings of anxiety
- Empty feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feelings of guilt
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
- Loss of interest in sex
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide
- Ongoing headaches and pains
- Feeling tired all the time
It is important to note that symptoms differ from case to case and depend on gender, sexuality, age and many other factors.
Fort Lauderdale Hospital has a staff of highly trained psychiatrists and clinicians that are qualified to treat depression and other mental health disorders. We accept Medicare and most other private insurances and have reasonable self-pay rates. For more information call 800-585-7527.