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Major Depressive Disorder

Depression is much more than merely feeling sad or down. It’s a serious mental health disorder that affects more than 16 million Americans each year. Creative Care brings a compassionate, innovative approach to mental health treatment, helping our clients to uncover and process the roots beneath their disorders. To learn more about our residential mental health treatment program, call us today.

Common Questions About Major Depressive Disorder

Depression is a serious mental health disorder that drains pleasure from daily life, complicates other medical conditions, and can be severe enough to cause suicide.

While serious and potentially debilitating, depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, affecting more than 264 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Unfortunately, only about one third of those people will seek professional help for their disorder.

  • A persistent empty, sad, or low mood or feelings of hopelessness
  • Changes in sleep patterns, including sleeping too much or too little, and waking early in the morning or the middle of the night
  • Irritability and restlessness or trouble sitting still
  • Anhedonia and loss of interest in hobbies and pleasurable activities
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • “Brain fog” and difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Appetite changes, including overeating or a loss of interest in food
  • Unexplained aches and pains, headaches, or digestive problems
  • Thoughts of death and suicide

Current research suggests that it is the result of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors. For some clients, it may be a combination of these, while others may be able to point to a single reason. For example, people with a family history of depression have a much higher risk for the disease. Additionally, scientists believe that an imbalance in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters can contribute to depression’s development. Finally, difficult life events such as childhood trauma, the death of a loved one, or loss of employment can also increase the risk of depression.

While depression is a very serious mental health condition, it is also very treatable. In fact, an overwhelming majority of people who seek treatment report improvement with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

The experienced team at Creative Care offers an intensive, residential mental health program to treat your depression holistically, attacking the problem from all angles. Individual therapy will be key, as will group counseling sessions. Additionally, your treatment may include medications, family or couples therapy, art therapy, or yoga and other relaxation therapies.

Our team personalizes each treatment plan and bases them on each individual’s needs to give you or your loved one the best chance for success. For compassionate, innovative depression treatment, contact Creative Care today.