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If you have found this website page because you feel depressed,
know depression is treatable. More than 20 million people in the
United States are diagnosed with depression, and every day with
proper treatment, people are helped. No one should go through life
struggling with the disruptive symptoms of depression. I hope
the information provided here will be the beginning of
information and help.
On This Page . . .
- What is Depression?
- What is Major Depression?
- Symptoms of Depression?
- What is Mania?
- What Causes Depression?
- Treatments for Depression?
- Can EMDR Help with Depression?
- Children, Teens and Depression
- Suicide and Helping Someone Who is Depressed
What is Depression?
sadness, hopelessness, guilt, self doubt and apathy.
- Depression is a mood disorder with common symptoms of
- Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can persist for days or years.
- There are several different kinds of depression which vary in
symptoms, severity and persistence.
- We know some types of depression run in families.
- Daily routines and normal activities may become more difficult.
- If the depressed person also suffers from periods of mania, the
disorder may be bipolar in nature.
as the death of a loved one, and has predictable stages.
- Depression is not grief. Grief is a normal reaction to loss such
What is Major Depression?
The National Institute of Mental Health defines major depressive
disorder as a combination of symptoms which interfere with one's
ability to work, sleep, study, and eat. Major depression can be
paralyzing, and can interfere with a person's normal life. An
episode of clinical depression may occur only once in a person's
lifetime. Often, however, it reoccurs throughout a person's life.
A major depression must include one of the symptoms of either
depressed mood or loss of interest. The symptoms are be present
daily or for most of the day or nearly daily for at least two weeks.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression does not usually go away by itself. Left untreated, the
symptoms can worsen, and include harmful behaviors such as over
drinking, self medication or suicide. One does not have to experience
all of the following symptoms, however these are most common to
- difficulty concentrating
- fatigue and decreased energy
- excessive guilt
- hopelessness or despair
- early-morning waking
- excessive sleeping
- loss of interest in pleasure
- loss of libido
- no appetite
- persistent aches or pains
- sadness not connected to any particular even
- suicidal thoughts
- physical ailments without a medical diagnosis
What is Mania?
Mania is a highly elevated mood that can occur with bipolar disorder.
Moods in bipolar disorder 'swing' from extreme lows of depression to
extreme highs of mania. Often mania is mis interpreted as something
positive . . ."Well, Joe is finally building the arc he always wanted!"
Mania, however, is an abnormal elevation in mood, and is serious.
Mania often leads to lack of judgement and dangerous risk taking
behaviors. Mania requires medical evaluation and treatment.
The symptoms of mania include:
- abnormally elevated mood
- decreased need for sleep
- grandiose ideas
- increased talking
- racing thoughts
- increased activity
- increased sexual activity
- increased energy
- poor judgment leading to risk-taking behavior
- inappropriate social behavior
What Causes Depression?
There are several different causes for depression, and depression is
not the same for all people. Some people may experience only one
depressive episode, while others may have chronic depression.
Some may have mild symptoms, some serious. Some depressions
are of the kind where a person has no control over such as a chemical
imbalance, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related depression,
post surgery or postpartum depression. Below are only a few
examples of causes of depression:
Relationship break ups, divorce, separation, unexpected life events,
- Psychological and Situational Depression
financial problems, the loss of a job are normal circumstances which
can cause depression. However, the death of a loved one usually
involves an acute 'grief reaction' and is a normal response to losing
someone we love. Often, this grief reaction is accompanied by the
same symptoms found in a clinical depression and can feel just as painful.
During a psychological or emotionally caused depression evaluation,
I look at five main areas in my clients which can cause serious or
Even though PTSD is a separate diagnosis, PTSD often includes
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
depression or depressive symptoms, so it is important to include brief
information here.PTSD is an intense emotional response or delayed
response to a traumatic or extraordinary experience, usually involving
danger, terror or fear. Trauma can be physical, emotional, or verbal.
A few examples are:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is more prevalent than ever
- Auto accidents
- Family abuse
- Involved in a disaster
- Witnessing others (such as siblings) being abused
- Seeing parents in abusive situations
before, and the medical and clinical fields now know more about how
PTSD effects people emotionally and disrupts all areas of one's life.
Effective treatment is available for PTSD, and EMDR is an excellent
mode of therapy for all levels of trauma. Information can be found
on the EMDR page of this site.
brains have the potential for creating depression in the form of
- Medical & Physical Depression. Our bodies and our
chemical imbalances in our system. Our bodies need sufficient rest,
sleep, food, water, exercise and nutrients to function properly.
Medical problems such as cancer, heart attack, strokes, and
hormonal disorders can cause depression. Below are a few
example of when the body can become disrupted.
is common. Unfortunately, many physicians do not address this
- Post Surgery Depression. After a major surgery, depression
with their patients. During surgery, the body is essentially
traumatized. Extremely potent medications have been used before, during
and after major surgeries. Not to mention strong pain medications which
may be needed post surgery for several weeks.
common. Your body and emotions are healing. Remember when
- During or after a bout with the flu, a brief depression is
you said to yourself "will I ever feel normal again?"
in the body's chemistry will usually affect one's mood and thoughts,
- Brain chemical imbalance. Biological systems and changes
often leading to depression. We know antidepressant medications
work well to repair the imbalances in the brain.
It is not uncommon for an individual to begin to use or abuse
- Chemical addictions are often connected with depression.
chemicals in an attempt to numb a painful event.
Seasonal depression, often called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),
- SAD . . Seasonal Affective Disorder
is depression that occurs each year at the same time. It usually starts in the
fall or winter and ends in spring or early summer. It is more
than just "the winter blues" or "cabin fever." A rare form of SAD, known
as "summer depression," begins in late spring or early
summer and ends in fall.
The holidays can bring out the best in us and the worst. For some
people, the holidays are filled with negative childhood memories
of hurt, sadness, or unresolved family issues.
Holiday depression is characterized by a feeling of "the blues",
sadness and loss. Some describe it as an 'empty' feeling. When
everyone else around them is anticipating the holiday season,
enjoying the fun and celebration, the depressed person only
wants it 'all over with.' As soon as the holidays pass, the depression
lifts and a regular routine and stable emotions resume.
This oftentimes 'brief' depression is experienced when a person
feels the signs and symptoms of a psychological depression, but it is
due to a previous loss or event in one's life. It usually begins before
the anniversary date of the actual loss and can extend for a few weeks
after. In all, it may last a month or two. Clinically, this is considered
a 'grief reaction' to a past loss, but feels similar to depression and
can have the same symptoms.
Often when we lose a loved one, we think we are supposed to
do our grieving and get on with life. However, significant and
unexpected losses such as the death of a child may cause prolonged
emotional disturbances. Anniversary depression begins with the
time of year of the loss, the intense memories, recalling the
emotional pain of the loss and a mild to severe period of grief,
once again going through the stages. You may think to yourself
"I thought I was over this," and not understand what is happening.
Anniversary depression does pass.
Gone untreated, thyroid disease can cause depression. Hormonal
imbalances are also found at times when a woman's cycle or body is
interrupted. Times such as pregnancy, post childbirth, post
hysterectomy, post tuba ligation, premenstrual, post miscarriage, and
after stopping the birth control pill, are times when hormones are
not stable and can cause depression in women.
As many as 75% of new moms get the "baby blues." But about 1 in 10
moms develop a more serious condition called postpartum depression.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, postpartum
depression is diagnosed when a new mother develops a major
depressive episode within one month after delivery.
Symptoms of postpartum depression are feeling restless, anxious,
fatigued and worthless. Some new moms worry they will hurt
themselves or their babies. Unlike the "baby blues," postpartum
depression does not go away quickly. Researchers think that
changes in a woman's hormone levels during and after pregnancy
may lead to postpartum depression.
The most important step is accurate diagnosis from a licensed
clinician. Since depression involves the body, emotions, thoughts,
and behavior, a thorough assessment and evaluation is necessary.
The right diagnosis is crucial, as depression can be a symptom
of a more serious medical or physical condition.
Treatments for Depression
Common treatments are medication and psychotherapy, usually
combined. Medication is an effective treatment to reduce symptoms,
psychotherapy will help you begin to resolve your emotional and
psychological issues which may have added to the depression.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) can be an
effective treatment for dealing with the psychological causes for
depression. EMDR info is on this website.
If you have reluctance to taking medications, ask your psychiatrist
or therapist to explain exactly how they work. Remember, knowledge
is power. The more you understand about medication prescribed
to you, the more active you are in your treatment. If you were
diagnosed with diabetes, heart problems or thyroid illness,
you probably wouldn't hesitate. Medication, in combination
with therapy, is often a successful course of treatment for depression.
Modern medicine has evolved to enhance the quality of your
life beyond what we could ever dream of several years ago.
Lives are saved every day due to the right diagnosis and the
We can't forget the things you can do for yourself to help with mild
depression: eating right, good sleep, exercise.
Can EMDR Help with Depression?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), is a
powerful and often rapid therapeutic technique, and can be used
by a trained EMDR therapist to help you effectively deal with the
underlying emotional causes of depression. If you suffer from a
psychological depression, which is often connected with unresolved
guilt, anger, loss or past disturbing memories, EMDR can be
extremely effective. EMDR is a breakthrough therapy for
dealing with many emotional issues. Information is on the
EMDR page. Dr. Logan is EMDR Certified by EMDRIA.
Children, Teens and Depression
Children and teens do get depressed. Symptoms are often
overlooked and looked on as a 'stage' or hormonal changes.
Depression is more common in boys under the age of ten, and
girls over the age of 16. Not all children will display all symptoms,
however, here are a few which may be present:
do not respond to medical treatment.
- Appetite and sleep changes
- Low energy and fatigue
- Lack of interest in friends and school
- Thoughts about suicide and death
- Trouble concentrating
- Increased crying spells
- Angry and frequent outbursts
- Sensitive to rejection
- Mood changes
- Physical symptoms (stomach aches and headaches) which
The Most Common Symptoms in Children Are:
- Change in social behaviors
- Loss of interest in friends and school
- Easily upset
If you think your child or teen shows signs of depression, do not
hesitate to have him/her assessed and evaluated. We have no
specific medical or psychological tests for depression, but
questionnaires, a thorough assessment and evaluation regarding
both the child and parents is useful in diagnosing depression.
The treatment for children with depression are similar to those
for adults. Medications are effective along with having a 'safe'
place for a child or teen to talk about their problems is helpful.
Suicide and Helping Someone You Know Who is Depressed
Suicide is the eleventh most common cause of death in the
United States. People may consider suicide when they are
hopeless and can't see any other solution to their problems.
In 2004, more than 32,000 people in the United States committed
suicide. More than 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a
diagnosable mental disorder, most commonly a depressive
disorder or a substance abuse disorder.
Suicide is the second cause of death in ages 25 - 34
Suicide is the third cause of death in ages 15 -25
Suicide is the fourth cause of death in ages 18 - 65
The highest suicide rates in the U.S. are found in white men,
though women and teens report more suicide attempts. Four
times as many men as women die by suicide.
Helping Someone Who is Depressed
Children and teens DO think about death and suicide. And
depressed individuals, no matter what the age, often are not able
to communicate exactly what they are thinking or feeling. 75 %
of suicide victims show some warning signs or symptoms.
For this reason, it is important to take the signs of depression seriously.
Depressed individuals almost always lack the focus and energy to
make an appointment and drive themselves. Because of shame or
embarrassment, the person might attempt to 'cover up' and tell
you they 'feel better.'
If someone talks about suicide, take them seriously.
Contact 9ll or contact 800-SUICIDE (784-2433). For
further help with suicidal thoughts, see Mental Health Resource Links.
This page has summarized only brief descriptions and types of a
few common depressions, symptoms and treatments for
educational purposes only, and is not intended for clinical
diagnosis or treatment. Please talk with your physician or
therapist if you think you may be depressed. If you have
suicidal thoughts, you can call 911, or go to Mental Health Resource Links.
You Held on
|I Had a
When I Saw
In the Dark.
|I'm In A Storm
Tears of Rain.
I'm Sure the
Sun Comes Out.
But I Don't
But I See
the North Star.
When it Seems
We Will Never
Who You Are,
Cling to Hope.
Depression . . .
The Dark Side of the Soul
Depression . . .
The Dark Side of the Soul
Important Message About Depression
There is a
|Never Give Up. . .
for that is
Just the Place
Tide Will Turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
|With Every Sunrise
I Heard the
Saying . . .
"There is Hope"
|You Did Then
What You Knew
How To Do.
You Did Better.
Hope of Spring.
Begins in the
that if you just
Show Up and
Do the Right
Dawn Will Come.
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