One of the Most Common Mental Health Disorders
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, with around 16 million American adults suffering from it at any given time. However, one-third of these people won’t seek help for their condition. It can be difficult for those of us suffering from depression to realize we have a problem. We don’t see ourselves the way others do, and it can be easy to miss the symptoms. This is particularly true when we’ve lived with depression for so long, it’s become our new normal. However, it’s important to seek help for depression as soon as we feel we may be suffering from it.
When to Reach Out for Help
While it’s difficult to self-diagnose, there are some questions we can ask ourselves: Do we find that we’re often down on ourselves? Is it difficult to find the motivation to do anything? When we do find the motivation, is it hard to make decisions about what we face? Do we cry or become tearful easily? These are all symptoms of depression. Others include sleeping more than usual, insomnia, fatigue, and lack of appetite. If any of these have been occurring for more than a few weeks, we should consider reaching out for help.
Who Can We Talk to?
Depression excels at wrapping us in a cloak of isolation, making us feel alone and unheard. As difficult as these feelings are, though, they are not reality. We can open up to those close to us, family members and friends who are ready to listen. Alternatively, those of us in school can contact student support services or a trusted professor. If we’re active in a religious organization, we can reach out to a religious leader or faith-based organization. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, those of us who feel that we have no one to turn to need to know that there are people who have been through it and are ready to help. These folks have personal experience with depression and other mental health issues. Perhaps they struggled with it themselves or stood close to someone who did. They have made it their life’s work to ensure that no one needs to suffer in silence.
Innovative, Creative Care
Creative Care was founded in 1989 by two such people and has since become an oasis for individuals who need cutting-edge, innovative care with the extra support, accountability, and direction to heal. We are ready to listen and every client who walks through our doors gets a comprehensive assessment upon admission. Additionally, a mental health treatment plan may include:
- Individual counseling
- Psychiatric visits
- Family or couples therapy
- Art therapy
- Nutrition group
- Equine group
- Yoga and other relaxation therapy
If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, please consider reaching out to Creative Care and begin your journey to recovery today.