Those years spent entering adulthood can be tough for anyone. As far as life stages go, early adulthood can be hard. You’ve just entered into a world separate from your parents, and even separate from your childhood friends. You’re attempting to start a career, manage finances, maybe even navigate the world of romantic relationships. You’re trying to live life on your own terms for the first time. It’s not easy to do this – and sometimes things don’t work out. If you feel sad from time to time, that’s ok. Those feelings of being sad and empty will go away with time – but what if they don’t?
What is Depression?
Depression is more than just feeling sad. Depression is a major mental illness that impacts your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It gets in the way of you living a normal life and may leave you constantly feeling numb and sad. There are different levels of severity when it comes to depression. Some people have more severe depression that impacts more of their daily life. No matter the severity, depression is uncomfortable and even dangerous. If you think that yourself or a loved one is suffering from depression, get help today. Depression is a completely treatable condition. With therapy and the possibility of medication, a person with this condition can go on to live a happy, productive, and successful life. Do you think you’re depressed? Here are the top five signs of depression:
- Dramatic changes to eating and/or sleeping patterns
- Extreme sadness
- Loss of interest in activities
- A feeling of worthlessness
- Hiding from family and friends
What are the Symptoms of Depression?
Depression happens when a person feels sad continuously for two weeks or more and the symptoms don’t go away. The symptoms of depression are persistent. This is why depression is much different than just feeling sad. People feel sad from time to time – and that’s normal. But depression hangs around much longer. Here are the symptoms of depression:
- Constantly feeling sad for a period of more than two weeks
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of sadness
- Extreme anxiety
- Emotional eating
- Not eating/changes in eating habits
- Changes in sleep
- Feeling lethargy, fatigue, and a lack of energy
- Thoughts of suicide and self harm
If you’re in a crisis and need immediate help, it’s important that you reach out. Thoughts of suicide and self harm are never ok. Your life is always worth living and there will be brighter days. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available to help you at (800) 273-8255 and so is 911.
What are the Risk Factors for Depression?
Depression is a common mental health concern worldwide, especially for young adults. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health found that one in every ten young adults is suffering from a depressive disorder. So, what are the risk factors that cause depression? Here they are:
- Genetics – The biggest known cause of depression is genetics and the presence of depression within your family. If you have a close family member with depression, it’s possible that you’ll have it too. In fact, your risk of getting it is higher than other members of the population without family prevalence as a factor.
- Imbalance – When the brain has imbalances that are hormonal or chemical, it can result in depression. For the most part it’s unknown how these imbalances occur, though, hormonal imbalances have a variety of causes that can be fixed with proper diet and nutrition.
- Seasons of the Year – Seasonal imbalance is real and it accounts for a large chunk of people who suffer from depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects young adults during cold winter months when it gets dark early.
- Nutrition and Exercise – They say you are what you eat and it’s entirely true. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and participate in at least 20 minutes of rigorous physical activity each day in order to stave off increased risk of depression.
- Gender – Did you know that depression affects women more than it affects men? It’s true. There’s nothing you can do about it, but it’s still good to know.
Virtual Treatment Center: Who Are We?
At Virtual Treatment Center, we believe quality addiction recovery and mental health services should be easily accessible to those that want or need them, because ease of accessibility is what most often leads to success. That’s why we’re committed to providing top-tier virtual mental health teletherapy and addiction recovery services to all residents of California. Although we’re located in Orange County, our online teletherapy can be accessed throughout the state. In addition to providing addiction recovery services, we treat a variety of mental health issues and offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). Our teletherapy sessions are done via two-way, live interactive video or by telephone. Therapeutic visits are conducted on Zoom most often, or on other virtual platforms that adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements.