What is depression?
According to Harvard Health Publications, almost 31 million people suffer from depression to some degree. For many of us, feelings of angst or a case of the blues may come and go as a regular part of life. For those suffering from depression, however, these states become protracted, and in some cases, remain as a constant underlying source of negative emotion.
It's important to understand that those suffering from depression aren't able to simply “snap out of it.” It's not the case that sufferers are willingly maintaining themselves in a sad condition out of some sense of self-pity or as attention seeking behavior. In many cases, a depression rehab center is necessary to effect meaningful change. At Altus Treatment Center, we understand the complexities of depression and can work with patients and their families to create a treatment plan that will allow the patient to start enjoying life again as soon as possible.
Furthermore, the condition of depression is one that can persist for years. In many cases, performance at work or school can be severely affected. Those suffering from depression point to a lack of energy, yet the disease also affects one’s sleeping patterns, so it's hard to overcome this lethargy. As a result, the mood will deteriorate over time, and the depressed person will frequently become voluntarily distant from friends and family. The increasing isolation only serves to deepen the downward spiral.
They refer to depression of this magnitude as clinical depression, or major depressive disorder. It's one of the most common mental health conditions. In cases of clinical depression of this level, it may also be necessary to seek inpatient depression treatment.