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Causes of Depression

Causes of the symptoms of depression include stressful life events (for example: divorce or job loss), medical illness, substance abuse, genetic factors, or for no identifiable reason at all.  Major Depression affects all age groups though children and adolescents tend to have more irritability and physical complaints as a part of the way in which their depression presents itself.  Women are at a greater risk than men for developing the symptoms of depression over their lifetime.  If a first-degree relative (e.g., a parent) has depression then you are roughly three times as likely to suffer from it as well.  Often times Major Depression occurs with other mental illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and with substance abuse.  It is believed that patients with depression suffer from an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain that influence mood, which impairs effective communication between nerve cells.

Understanding Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Everyone has heard the term "depression" and we have all had episodes when we feel down or sad. Most of the time these feelings are short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When those feelings begin to interfere with the activities of normal daily life then it is considered a problem and needs attention.  For a variety of reasons many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment, and often that reason is a failure to recognize that they have the symptoms of a depressive illness.  It is important to realize that depression is not a character flaw or personal weakness but a well-recognized medical condition.  Major Depression, Dysthymia, Postpartum Depression, Bipolar Depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (depression) are just a few of the many types of depression.  These conditions have several symptoms in common and so our focus will be on “Major Depression” since it encompasses the classic symptoms of depression.  Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common medical condition that affects approximately 14.8 million adults, or as much as 6.7% of the US population, each year. While everyone feels sad or blue every once in a while, patients with depression experience constant feelings of sadness or emptiness nearly everyday for a period of at least two weeks. Patients of all ages can be affected by this condition.

It is important for patients with symptoms of depression to seek a proper diagnosis and treatment from a healthcare professional. Depression is a real medical condition that should not be taken lightly. If left untreated, depression can last for many years and worsen over time. Fortunately, symptoms of depression can often be improved with the use of antidepressants, psychotherapy or TMS therapy.

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Depression is not the same for everyone

A diagnosis of depression does not require patients to experience all of the symptoms. Patients may experience depression differently depending on their age, gender, personal history and other factors. For example, women with depression are more likely to experience guilt, weight gain, anxiety, eating disorders and sleep abnormalities as compared to men suffering from depression. Older adults tend to experience feelings of sadness or emptiness, and often develop depression as a side effect of other medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and more.

Some patients may experience symptoms of depression along with other psychiatric conditions at the same time. Customized treatment is available to help all patients return to a happier and healthier mental state. Contact Dr. Wajda today for a comprehensive consultation.

Finding the treatment that's right for you

Even the most severe cases of depression can be effectively treated under the care of an experienced doctor. Earlier treatment can improve the likelihood of success and reduce the risk of recurring symptoms. Dr. Wajda conducts a thorough evaluation of each patient before determining what the best individual treatment should be.

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