Depression: Symptoms & Treatments

Depression: Symptoms & Treatments

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Harold Walker joined us Wednesday on Newschannel 6 at Noon to talk in-depth about depression.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) there are about 20 to 25 million people suffering from Depression.

Symptoms of Depression

1. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness

2. Loss of interest in daily activities

3. Appetite or weight changes

4. Sleep changes

5. Irritability or restlessness (especially among men)

6. Loss of energy and motivation

7. Self-loathing: such as feelings of worthlessness

8. Unexplained aches and pains ( especially among the elderly)

Treatment of Depression

There is a two-pronged approach to the treatment of depression:

1. The medical model: use of antidepressants only.

2. Therapy: such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Most studies show that the combination of pharmacology and therapy having the best outcome for treatment of depression and that Therapy has the longest lasting positive outcome because it addresses the underlying causes of depression rather than just the symptoms.