Depression (major depressive disorder) is more common than most want to believe. It is a severe medical illness that should not be overlooked. Depression negatively affects an individual ability to think, feel and act. With advancements in science, depression has found to be treatable through different forms of treatment. Depression prompts loss of interest in activities enjoyed in one's life and feelings of sadness. Dr. Nazem Alhusein is a prominent Addiction and Preventive medicine specialist in Michigan who has served countless patients to manage their mental health conditions successfully.
If you or a loved one are enduring feelings of sadness, emptiness, or irritability that has been present for more than two weeks and is affecting your capacity to function, you may be suffering from a depressive disorder
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
Symptoms of Clinical Depression
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5®) lists the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder as:
- Prolonged sad moods
- Lack of self-worth
- Trouble sleeping
- Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Difficulty processing and understanding
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping in for longer periods of time
- Suicidal Ideations
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
What Causes Depression?
According to scientific research, it is believed that depression is prompted by various factors including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological. Many risk factors may increase the likelihood that you will experience major depressive disorder, such as a family history of depression, as well as significant life changes, trauma, or stress. Ultimately those who suffer from alcoholism or addiction may find that substance abuse is a trigger for their depression.
Dr. Alhusein can work with you to determine the best medication to manage your symptoms while reducing side effects. Antidepressants can be beneficial by heightening the process your brain uses specific chemicals that control mood and stress. Usually, medications require several weeks to show improvement in depressive symptoms and mood. During this time, patients should be advised closely to guarantee progress and state of well-being.
Working to aid in your recovery
Dr. Alhusein can work with you to treat even the most severe cases of depression. The most effective care is early intervention. Please reach out to us, and we are more than willing to help! If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from a major depressive disorder, contact us below to schedule your consultation.