Depression is a disorder that includes intense sadness with feelings of helplessness, worthlessness and hopelessness that last for days to weeks at a time, and keep an individual from functioning normally.
Facts about Depression
How is Depression Diagnosed?
- There are no lab tests that effectively diagnose depression. A doctor must talk with a patient and hear about their specific symptoms to diagnose it. However, clinical depression can be hard to diagnose as it can manifest in many different ways.
How Common Is Depression?
- Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. The overall prevalence is approximately 6.7% among adults, but varies according to gender and ethnicity.
What causes Depression?
- Depression is likely caused by a combination of factors, including genetic, biological, environmental and psychological. Some depression runs in families, however depression can occur in individuals without family history of depression. Depression can be triggered by trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship or other stressful situations, but can also occur without an obvious trigger.
How is Depression Treated?
- There are several ways to treat depression, but the most common treatments are medication and psychotherapy. Another treatment that may be used in cases where medication and/or psychotherapy does not work, is electroconvulsive therapy or other brain stimulation therapies.
At Pasadena Villa, we treat issues with Depression with the most advanced and effective methods available, always making sure the resident’s needs are the number one priority.