When Should You See a Doctor for Depression?

When Should You See a Doctor for Depression?

The consequences of ignoring depression can be deadly

All people go through difficult circumstances that leave them feeling sad or depressed. Financial problems, loss of relationship and health challenges are but a few of the situations that can trigger dark emotional seasons. For most people, these emotions gradually become less intense over time. For others, they get worse. Some may even sink so low that they begin to think life is pointless. This and other symptoms signal the presence of clinical depression, not just a case of the blues.

Symptoms of depression that signal the need for professional treatment include the following:

  • Feelings of powerlessness
  • Apathy
  • Low libido
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Excessive sleep or insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Profound sense of shame and failure
  • Concentration problems

Clinical depression falls under the following five different categories:

  • Major Depression – Characterized by severe lack of interest and persistent feelings of sadness
  • Manic Depression – Characterized by either subtle or extreme “high” periods alternating with “low” periods of depression
  • Dysthymic Disorder – characterized by ongoing yet mild symptoms of depression
  • Cyclothymic disorder – A mild form of bipolar II disorder characterized by mood swings that range from mild depression, or dysthymia, to mania of low intensity, or hypomania
  • Postnatal Depression – A mix of physical, emotional and behavioral changes that occur in a mother after giving birth
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – A type of depression that occurs seasonally and is caused by lack of sunlight.

The consequences of ignoring a mental problem such as depression can be deadly. People suffering from this illness often have distorted thinking that makes everything—past, present and future—look bleak. They hold extremely negative views about themselves and their situation, and they obsess over problems and mistakes. Feeling trapped, they may even begin to see suicide as the only way out. It is critical that individuals who recognize signs of depression get help immediately.

Getting Help for Depression

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, help is available. Admissions coordinators are available at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to guide you and your family to wellness. Our counselors can help you understand your treatment options and find affordable solutions. Please call today. Take the first step toward a better life.