Depression in the clinical sense is considered a major depressive disorder. It lasts for longer than two weeks and affects mood, thinking, and feelings. The disorder interferes with sleep, daily activities, work and personal relationships. At Sunridge Medical we treat dysthymia, a depressive condition that lasts for longer than two years, bipolar disorder which has extreme mood highs and lows, perinatal and postpartum depression experienced by pregnant women, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and psychotic disorders involving hallucinations and delusions.
Depression is a brain disorder and can be genetic in nature. Triggers for the illness can include toxicity, changes in hormones, substance abuse, some medical conditions and extreme emotional upset such as grief, trauma, and stress. The illness can occur in patients of all ages including children and worldwide affects one in five women and one in ten men.
Common Symptoms of Depression:
Not all patients suffer from all of these symptoms, but some are experienced consistently for a sustained period.
- Ongoing feelings of loneliness, hopelessness or pessimism.
- Consistent irritability, guilt, helplessness or anxiety.
- Loss of interest in activities that the patient previously enjoyed.
- A noticeable lack of energy.
- Sleep issues including sleeping too much, having trouble falling asleep and waking up early.
- Trouble concentrating and with memory.
- Changes in weight and appetite.
- Anxious feeling and trouble feeling comfortable or sitting still.
- Thoughts of total desperation, death or suicide.
Alternative Treatment for Depression:
Sunridge Medical offers alternative treatment for depression. Our care for the disease is a custom formulated treatment plan that differs depending on the symptoms and underlying cause of the illness that the patient is experiencing. Alternative treatment may involve hormonal support, naturopathic care, herbal remedies, and dietary supplements.
For answers to your questions or to make an appointment, call us toll-free at 855-747-6832 to speak with our Patient Care Team.