Depression is a mental health condition that can cause those who suffer from it overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and sadness. It can affect every aspect of your life.
Unfortunately, depression is a widespread condition. The World Health Organization estimates it affects almost 4% of people worldwide; more than 280 million people suffer from depression.
One of the most important things to know about treating depression is that you shouldn’t go through it alone. A focus of the team at Arlington Family Practice is conversation, which means we value our patients and want to know what’s going on in their lives.
If you’re suffering from depression, we want you to know that you’re not alone and that we can help you. We’ll start by sharing these encouraging facts about clinical depression.
Treatment for depression is highly effective
Common types of depression include persistent depressive disorder, postpartum depression, psychotic depression, seasonal affective disorder, and major depression.
Even though there are so many forms, depression is one of the most treatable mental disorders. Between 80%-90% of people treated for depression eventually respond well to that treatment.
Many treatment options are available
When you’re diagnosed with depression, it helps to know that there are treatment options that come at the problem from different angles. These options include talk therapy, lifestyle changes, medications, and brain stimulation therapies.
If you’re not responding well to a treatment option, you and your doctor can consider another option that may work better. Some treatments may work well in combination too.
Small, daily habits can make a difference
Recovering from depression doesn’t always take a big breakthrough. You can start with small, daily, easily achievable habits that make a real difference.
Set modest goals, like making your bed, taking a walk, having lunch with a friend, or meditating. As you start to feel better by achieving these goals, you can set bigger goals.
Many resources are available
There’s no shortage of people, organizations, and resources to support those with depression and their loved ones. Here are a few links you may find helpful:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- American Psychological Association
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
If you’re depressed, our team of providers at Arlington Family Practice wants you to know that you have hope, even though it may not feel like it. To get started on your journey to healing, call our Arlington, Massachusetts, office or use the online scheduler to book your appointment.