Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating depression that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since depression can affect every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Information on Depression
Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a serious medical condition that negatively affects the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. This disorder can cause intense feelings of sadness that can span from months to years, as well as the loss of interest in activities. Furthermore, it can result in a variety of emotional and physical problems, leading to a decrease in functionality at work, home, or school. If left untreated, this condition can result in long-term health complications.
Depression Symptoms
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe, and they generally include:
  • Feeling perpetually sad
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy
  • Increased fatigue
  • Purposeless physical activity, such as pacing, hand-wringing, and slowed movements
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions
  • Rampant thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms must last a minimum of two weeks for a diagnosis. Additionally, medical conditions, such as thyroid problems, brain tumors, and vitamin deficiency, can mimic depression symptoms, so a doctor must rule out general medical causes first.
Depression Facts
Here are depression statistics provided by the American Psychiatric Association: 
  • Depression affects approximately one in 15 adults (6.7 percent) each year.
  • One in six people will develop this disorder at some point in their life.
  • Depression can strike at any time, but it typically appears during a person’s late teenage years or mid-20s.
  • Women are more likely than men to experience depression. One-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. 
The Difference Between Depression and Sadness
Losing a loved one, job or relationship can be challenging to overcome, and it’s reasonable to develop sadness or grief in response to these situations. However, sadness is not the same as depression. Although the grieving process shares similarities with depression, they’re different in important ways: 
  • When it comes to grief, painful feelings usually come in waves, and they’re mixed with positive memories of the past. With major depression, mood, and interest in everyday activities decrease for at least two weeks. 
  • A person who is grieving can usually retain their self-esteem. However, a depressed individual may experience feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing. 
  • For some people, losing a loved one can result in major depression. When grief coexists with depression, it can last longer than grief without depression. 
Despite the overlap between grief and depression, distinguishing between the two can help people seek the support and treatment they need. 
Depression Treatment
Depression is one of the most treatable mental conditions, and almost all people can experience some relief. A balance of medication, psychotherapy, and developing healthy coping mechanisms can help a person break free from this disorder. Some people turn to an inpatient treatment center that can provide them with the support and care th