You May Be Dealing with Depression

Everyone has felt sad or blue from time to time, but major depression goes well beyond temporary feelings of sadness or going through a rough spot. Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder that can cause severe symptoms affecting how you feel, think, and handle daily activities such as sleeping, eating, or working. Some will only experience one depressive episode in a lifetime, but for most, depressive disorder recurs. Left untreated, depression can be devastating for the person and their family. Fortunately, with early detection, diagnosis and a treatment plan consisting of medication, psychotherapy and healthy lifestyle choices, many people get better.
Depression is not uniform. Signs and symptoms may be experienced by some sufferers and not by others. How severe the symptoms are, and how long they last depends on the individual and his illness. Below is a list of the most common symptoms:
  • Constant feelings of sadness, anxiety, and emptiness
  • Changes in sleep, appetite and energy levels may be increased or decreased
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of energy or agitated purposeless energy 
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed by the person
  • Hopelessness or guilty thoughts
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Suicidal thoughts

Causes and Risk Factors

Mental illness is not your fault.

There is no single cause for mental health disorders; instead, they can be caused by a mixture of biological, psychological and environmental factors. People who have a family history of mental health disorders may be more prone to developing one at some point.

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. and can happen at any age, but usually begins in adulthood. Research suggests that it does not have a single cause, but a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors, and can be triggered by a life crisis, physical illness or something else entirely. The most common factors contributing to depression are trauma, genetics, life circumstances, brain changes, medical conditions or illness and substance abuse. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health condition like major depression, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The Center for Health Care Services can help. Our Adult Behavioral Health Division offers the following comprehensive services:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Medical follow-ups and management
  • Wellness counseling, education and therapy
  • Integrated and primary care
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Case management
  • Crisis services
  • And other services to support each person’s goals for recovery

 

In the event of a mental health crisis including suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please call the 24-Hour Crisis & Substance Use Helpline at 800-316-9241 or 210-223-SAFE (7233). Please call 911 if harm to self or harm to others is imminent.

The CHCS team helps people find hope, determine their path to wellness, and discover their way to an independent, productive life. For more information, or to begin receiving services, please contact our Outpatient Clinic Mental Health Eligibility and Intake.

Adults: (210) 261-1250 Children: (210) 261-3350

Create Your Calm

Alternative Approaches to Mental Health and Wellness

Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques:

In general, relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention to something calming and increasing awareness of your body. To reap the benefits of deep breathing, focus on taking deep breaths in and out through your mouth, feeling the air slowly fill your chest and belly and then slowly leave them again. The hand on the chest should stay still, while the one over your diaphragm should rise with your breath. This is how you know the breath is deep enough. Breathe in for a count of five, and slowly release the breath through your nose at the same rate. Continue deep breathing until you feel relaxed. 

Be Open to the Present and Practice Mindfulness:

Mindfulness can help ground you in the reality of what’s around you. Since panic attacks can cause a feeling of detachment or separation from reality, mindfulness works to combat your panic attack before or as it is actually happening. Additional benefits include mental well-being, stress reduction, and increased calmness, clarity and concentration – to name a few.

Reduce Stress by Indulging in Relaxing Activities.

For example, music and art therapy, journaling, reading or taking to a crossword puzzle.   

Light Exercise:

Walking, yoga and stretching creates movement, changes the way we breathe and can provide sensory distraction helping to reduce the amount a person thinks about symptoms. Aerobic exercise can help treat mild depression as it increases endorphins and stimulates norepinephrine – improving a person’s mood.

Mood and Food:

Important nutrients found in food can affect brain chemistry, impact moods and improve memory and cognitive function. By maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, and avoiding processed foods, you’re more likely to feel calmer, more content and generally in a better mood. Foods that adversely impact mood include caffeine, alcohol, trans fats, sugary snacks, refined carbs and fried food. Foods that can boost moods include omega-3s, nuts, avocados, flaxseed, beans, leafy greens and fresh fruit.  

Additional Alternative Approaches:

Include massage, acupuncture, meditation, faith, aromatherapy or hydrotherapy to create your calm.  

Knowledge is Power! Learn more about mental health:

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