Understanding Depression And Knowing Whether To Be Screened
February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020
Depression can present multiple challenges to anyone who experiences this illness, and some of the effects can have serious ramifications both physically and mentally. It is a disorder that can dramatically impact how an individual thinks and behaves, and the effects extend far beyond expecting anyone who is dealing with this disorder to improve their mental state without receiving any form of treatment.
If you or someone that you know is contending with depression it is important to note that anyone who has this illness should not be considered ‘weak’, or viewed unfavorably as a result of their situation. Nor can they be expected to instantly feel better without clinical assistance. Fortunately, professional treatment can be successful, and individuals that are experiencing depression can feel better.
The U.S. Centers for Prevention and Disease Control (CDC) has stated that 8.1 percent of adults in the U.S. that are aged 20+ have experienced depression within a two-week period. This condition is almost twice as frequent with women (10.4%), as it is with men (5.5%), while 80% of American adults have confirmed their experience with depression due to challenges at home, in the workplace, or as part of their overall social activities. Depression can also lead to other health problems including chronic disease.
Symptoms Of Depression
Symptoms of depression can include:
Feeling Continually Sad. This results in a reduction of hope that aspects of your life will improve.
Losing Interest In Activities. This can result in the decreased appeal for the activities that you previously enjoyed or a complete absence of involvement in these activities.
Feeling Helpless. This can include doubts about self-worth, and frequent thoughts that remain negative.
Feeling Hopeless. This involves thoughts that reach the point in which positivity cannot occur, or that situations in your life will not improve.
Anger and Irritability. This can include outbursts of anger or frustration in reaction to various situations that might normally be considered as insignificant
Loss Of Energy. This noticeable loss of energy results in a constant state of feeling tired, while routines that were previously normal now seem difficult to become involved with.
Altered Sleep Habits. This includes sleeping less than normal, or sleeping for a much longer amount of time then you did previously.
Changing Eating Habits. In some cases, this involves a loss of appetite. Or, this could also result in overeating becoming your ongoing issue.
Physical Issues. Discomfort in various areas of your body can also develop as a byproduct of depression.
Difficulty concentrating. This can result in the inability to focus on details or activities that would normally be routine in your day-to-day living.
Thoughts Of Suicide. This is a very serious symptom in which thoughts of death or suicide emerge.
Causes Of Depression
There is a combination of reasons why depression can develop. These include the structure of your brain, in terms how your brain transports information. Your brain chemistry can also create changes in how signals that are transmitted will impact your mood.
Any alterations in how your body’s hormones are balanced can also be a factor in depression, This is also the case for any significant life events or a family history of depression.
You can also discuss the process of screening for depression with your doctor. If you proceed with testing, it is likely that your physician will also conduct a physical exam that includes blood tests, in order to determine whether your symptoms might be related to thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, or another impactful physical condition.
Depression screening can also involve questions concerning your specific thought patterns, the frequency with which you have experienced negative thoughts, and the degree to which you have enjoyed or been involved with various activities. There are multiple questionnaires available for depression screening, and any of these tests can be effective in determining whether you should be treated for this disease.
Fortunately, there are effective treatments that are available for depression. Therapy can diminish symptoms of this disease, while also reducing the amount of time that an individual will experience it. The length of time that therapy will be necessary is dependent upon the specifics of the situation that they are experiencing including the level of depression that they are dealing with.
There are also situations in which medication will be prescribed. Antidepressants can boost your attitude if you are contending with depression while also increasing your ability to combat negative feelings. It will also be important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes avoiding smoking, drugs, and alcohol.
When To Receive Medical Attention
If you or someone that you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, with the possibility that physical harm could occur, then it is recommended that you call 911 immediately. This is also essential if a suicide attempt has occurred.
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 if these issues have emerged. You should also contact your doctor or a mental health professional if you are concerned about suicidal thoughts.
It is also appropriate and logical to discuss your situation with a family member or a trusted friend if you are contending with suicidal thoughts.
At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help
If you have any questions or concerns about depression or have reasons to believe that someone you know might be in need of assistance do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care. This includes the preventative care that we provide through depression screening.
Our Primary Care
- After Hours Care Available
- Continuity of Care
- Health Maintenance
- Patient Education
Our Preventative Care
- Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
- Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Cancer Screening
- Cholesterol Screening
- Depression Screening
- HIV-STD Screening
- Obesity Screening & Counseling
- Type 2 Diabetes Screening
- Weight Management
- Wellness Exams
In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.
Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.
Our Urgent Care
- Allergies and Rashes
- Bronchitis and Pneumonia
- Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain
- Evaluation of Most Chest Pain
- Fevers – Down to 4 Months of Age
- Gastrointestinal Infections w/ Nausea & Vomiting
- Headaches and Migraines
- On-SiteUltrasound Diagnostics
- On-Site X-Rays
- Simple Gynecologic Problems
- Sinus Infections
- Skin Infections and Abscesses
- Sore Throats and Strep
- Urinary Tract Infections