Many people begin to suffer from depression without realizing it. Close friends and loved ones may not even be able to tell that they are experiencing the early stages of a serious and debilitating mental illness that affects an estimated 14 million American adults. There are many promising treatment modalities that effectively treat depression and catching these signs early offers an excellent prognosis. That’s why it’s so critical to be informed about how to recognize early warning signs of depression. It can manifest in many different forms depending on the person and situation. True Life Center is here for you.
Types of Depression
Depression takes on many shapes and attitudes, varying in degree and nuance from person to person. It often goes unnoticed or suppressed, making it especially important to identify as early as possible. Different forms of depression include Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia), Major Depressive Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Atypical Depression, and Adjustment Disorder (Situational Depression). Major depressive disorder is a mental illness that countless people struggle with, and it goes beyond having a brief bout of sadness. The bleak feelings that can come up with depression are often hard to escape from, not unlike a black hole or quicksand. The symptoms cascade and become more severe the deeper one falls.
Signs of Depression
As an often invisible mental illness, depression may manifest more internally than externally. People suffering from depression may experience a range of difficult feelings, from periods of extreme hopelessness to a major loss of energy and inability to concentrate or focus. Misplaced or misassigned guilt for things they aren’t actually responsible for, a tendency toward self-loathing or self-destructiveness, and a prevailing sense of the worthlessness of one’s life may also surface. Daily activities may no longer hold interest and it may be impossible to experience joy.
Some outward behavioral changes induced by this mental illness could include recklessness and engaging in dangerous, adrenaline-inducing activities. Physical manifestations of the mental illness may range from sudden changes in weight to aches and pains all over the body without an apparent cause. Sleep is often disturbed as well in either direction, too much or too little sleep, and/or difficulty falling or staying asleep. At True Life, we are particularly attuned to how depression manifests in the body, and it can range from chest heaviness, pit in the gut, constipation or diarrhea, muscle tension, and pain in many parts of the body. Depression can definitely “hurt”.
If you or someone you know seems to be experiencing any of these major changes in mood, mindset, behavior, or physical condition, it may be a sign of mental illness that deserves attention and treatment from compassionate professionals like the mental health treatment staff at True Life Center for Wellbeing.
Depression Symptom List
Our integrated wellness and mental health treatment center is a sanctuary for those struggling with mental health conditions. If you think it may be time to find help, give us a call today. We recognize, understand, and treat not just the symptoms but the underlying causes of mental health challenges. Here’s a quick symptom list of warning signs for depression for your reference:
- Sadness, Anger, Numbness
- Hopelessness or Helplessness
- Self-Loathing or Guilt
- Loss of interest or joy
- Sudden weight gain or weight loss
- Memory Problems or slowed cognition
- Reckless behavior
- Aches and pains, muscle tension, or GI distress
- Suicidal thoughts
TLC’s Neurobiological Integration Approach
Our team understands mental illness and depression. We can help you or your loved one explore a healing path that’s custom-designed for you. At True Life Center, our dedicated staff is drawn to working with people on finding and freeing their true selves to live their best lives. Our unique Neurobiological Integration approach aims to identify the root cause of illness and gets results by using the synergistic combination of:
- Individual psychotherapy with DBT, CBT, EMDR and/or psychodynamic approach
- Expert psychiatric treatment
- Mindfulness and self-compassion practices
- Yoga therapy
- Body healing with Qi Gong
Reaping the Benefits Of Finding Mental Health Treatment In San Diego California
True Life Center is committed to helping individuals find and express their authentic self. When suffering is deep and enduring, understanding the path forward brings comfort and hope. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive map for long-term recovery and optimal health. We listen carefully to you and your loved ones to understand and co-collaborate in the creation of your True Life Recovery Plan. Finding treatment for mental illness may seem challenging right now, but it’s only a phone call away. Five minutes can give you the key to years of stability and contentment. Give us a ring so you can start your journey to healing today by calling 866.420.1792.