We’ve all had “the blues” or a feeling of sadness from time to time, but depression is much more – it includes physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that involve every major body system. Left untreated, depression can cause major disruptions for someone’s career, family / peer relationships, physical health, academic endeavors, and everyday well-being.
The incidence of depression (including teenage depression) in our country continues to show steady increases over time. Some reasons for this increase include amplified stress levels, longer work weeks, greater responsibilities, expectations to do more with less, decreased family and/or social support, and feeling disconnected or not in control of one’s life.
Some symptoms of depression according to DSM-V include the following over a two week time period:
· Feeling sadness, emptiness, or hopeless most of the day
· Significantly diminished interest or pleasure in daily activities
· Weight loss or gain
· Insomnia, fatigue, or major loss of energy
· Inability to concentrate or focus; not able to make decisions
· Thoughts of suicide
The good news is that depression is highly treatable. Here at Behavioral Sciences of Alabama, the combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, sometimes in conjunction with medication, proves effective in combatting depression leading to a healthy joy-filled life. For more details on depression, click on one of the helpful links below:
Don’t let depression get in the way. Call Behavioral Sciences of Alabama in Huntsville, AL (southeast Huntsville, near Parkway Place Mall) at 256.883.3231. For your convenience, you can also fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us. See us if you live in Madison County, AL (Huntsville, Madison), Limestone County, AL (Decatur, Athens), or Guntersville, AL.