What is Depression?
Have you ever witnessed someone you love suffer from severe depression and feel so helpless because you couldn’t do anything to take the pain away? All of us at some point feel sad or depressed about one thing or another – the loss of a loved one, a medical diagnosis, or the loss of a job. But when this sadness takes control over you, something is wrong. This is known as a Major Depressive Disorder or MDD. Depression is a common but serious medical illness that negatively affects their actions, how an individual thinks and how they feel. When left untreated, Depression can lead to serious long-term effects, such as feelings of loneliness and thoughts of suicide.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Have you ever witnessed someone you love suffer from severe depression and wonder “will I be like that?” Scientists believe that up to 40% of people who suffer from depression are related to someone also suffering from this disease. Research shows there is a gene linking depression to members of the same family. In addition, statistics show that 42% of women and 29% of men had a chance of hereditary depression. However, these statistics do not necessarily mean that you will inherit this disorder. If you believe that yourself or a loved one may be suffering with depression, learning more about the signs and symptoms of depression may
- Sleeping more than usual and/or difficulty sleeping
- Withdrawal from interaction with family or friends
- Losing interest in things that was once enjoyable
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Low self-esteem, feeling worthless, loss of control
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Depression
When left untreated, Depression can lead to many serious long-term effects. These effects not only cause harm to the individual, but to their loved ones as well. Some of the long-term effects of Depression are:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Feelings of loneliness and worthlessness
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Irrational behaviors, such as fighting
- Other mental health disorders
The good news is that depression can be treated. However, individuals being treated for Depression must keep their treating physician informed if they feel that their plan is not working, or if they are feeling a relapse. If you are having these feelings while being treated for Depression, pay attention to how it feels and notify your doctor immediately. Only you know your body.
What is the Treatment for Depression?
Because depression affects everyone differently, there is no “one size fits all” treatment plan for this condition. The more severe the depression, the more intense the treatment should be. Some individuals may experience severe depression which requires in-patient care. Some people may choose to take medications, but it is important to remember that it may take a couple of weeks or months to feel the results. Therapists recommend that therapy be incorporated into the treatment plan whether in one-on-one sessions, or group therapy. Whatever treatment option you chose, be patient. Make new friends. Speak to someone you trust when you are feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes talking to someone makes the biggest difference.
The proper treatment for Depression at the Florida House Experience
Here at The Florida House Experience, we pride ourselves in being on the forefront of mental health care, offering cutting-edge approaches that integrate the medical, psychiatric, and clinical components of treatment, such as our Neuro-Rehabilitative Services. We firmly believe that any mental health disorder diagnosis should be quantifiable and that the recommended treatments for our patients have been proven effective.
While other treatment centers diagnose based only the description of symptoms, also known as “guess work,” we utilize a series of biometrics, based on brain imaging, genetic blood testing, and other advanced protocols to provide our patients with a full interpretation of their condition. These biometrics and diagnostic tools are used to scientifically track the progression of treatment and even predict when our patients will experience a “flare-up” with their disorder. By using state-of-the-art systems, like our qEEG-guided Neurofeedback, we are able to personalize each patients’ treatment plan to fit their specific needs. In order to satisfy the needs of each patient, we offer an 8-Tier Neuro-Rehabilitative treatment program which includes:
- Comprehensive Neuro-Psychological Testing
- Heart Rate Variability & Biosound Monitoring
- Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG)
- QEEG-Guided Neurofeedback Training
- Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy
- High Frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Stimulation Therapy
- Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy
- Computerized Cognitive Brain Training