Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. It causes symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Often depression is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and sociocultural factors. Depression can be treated; the earlier one seeks treatment for depression, the more effective the treatment.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Discomfort with eating around other people
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

Types of Depression

 Depression is a multifaceted mental health condition that can affect someone in various forms, each with its own unique characteristics and symptoms. There are several main types of depression. 

Major depression, often referred to as clinical depression, is one of the most common types, characterized by:  

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activites once enjoyed
Bipolar depression, a subtype of bipolar disorder, involves alternating periods of depression and mania or hypomania, with depressive episodes marked by similar symptoms to major depression. 

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, typically occurs during specific seasons, most commonly in the winter months when daylight hours are shorter and is often associated with changes in sleep patterns and appetite. 

Dysthymia, or persistent depressive disorder, is a chronic but less severe form of depression, with symptoms lasting for at least two years. These various types of depression can have profound effects on individuals' lives, impacting their mood, behavior, and overall well-being.

At Evolve, we provide treatment for depression and utilize a variety of treatment methods. We tailor the approach to the individual. We also work with clients to assess for other common mental health conditions commonly occurring with anxiety, eating disorders, substance use and ADHD. If you are unsure if you or a loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder, please give us a call and one of our therapists will help guide you.

If you are looking for counseling for eating disorders or have any questions about our counseling services, call us at (484) 329-7638 or request a phone consultation today.

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