What is depression?

Depression is a mental health illness that negatively impacts your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Depression is often due to a chemical imbalance in your brain. If your mood-regulating neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, are either at insufficient levels or not working effectively with their receptors, you may develop depression.


Factors that contribute to depression include:

  • Your hormones
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • A family history of depression or other mental health issues
  • A personal history of poverty, neglect, or abuse
  • Addiction
  • Chronic or severe illness such as cancer, pain disorders, or heart disease

Your risk of developing depression is also affected by your personality. If you have low self-esteem or are generally pessimistic, it’s more likely that you’ll develop depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

In addition to causing a depressed or sad mood, depression also causes such symptoms as:

  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt
  • Changes in your sleep habits, including too much or too little sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lost interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Fatigue
  • Increased purposeless activity such as pacing or wringing your hands
  • Poor concentration and indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Call for help

If you are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for help.


How is depression treated?

At Point of View Mental Health, we begin treatment with a comprehensive assessment of your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. After your initial evaluation, we workwith you to implement a comprehensive treatment plan to address your symptoms while resolving the underlying issues and conditions that contribute to your depression. Treatment often involves several modalities, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

Medication regulates your brain chemistry, providing mental clarity that allows you to explore your emotions and thought processes and learn techniques to cope with them in therapy. At the same time, we may suggest dietary adjustments to address vitamin deficiencies or other issues that contribute to your depression.

If you live with depression, call Point of View Mental Health or schedule a consultation online today.