How To Define Depression & Recognize Symptoms In Adults & Children
Updated: Mar 11
Depression, also known as Major depressive disorder (MDD), or Clinical depression is a mental disorder characterized by at least two weeks of low mood.
It is two weeks or more during which there are persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest that can negatively affect a persons’ education, relationships, career, eating habits, energy level, self-image, sleep patterns, and physical health.
Depression can even cause recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
An estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults.
It’s important to understand that depression is more than just “the blues”, “feeling down”, being “in ones’ feelings”, or temporary feelings of sadness.
Depression requires the professional diagnosis and ongoing treatment of a mental health professional.
It is not a weakness of any kind, but it is also not something that can be willed away by simply “snapping out” of it.
Depression is also different from sadness or grief, and bereavement that may be caused by events such as the death of a loved one, or the ending of a relationship.
The grieving process for these events are considered natural yet share some of the same features of depression. Grief is unique to each individual but is not the same as depression.
If necessary, a mental health professional can help a patient distinguish between grief they may be experiencing, and Major Depressive Disorder.
A mental health professional can also help a patient determine if grief or other negative life events may be the cause of their Major Depressive Disorder, or even if their grief and depression co-exist.
Distinguishing between the two can help a person get the appropriate help, support and treatment they need to feel better.
Depression can affect adults, adolescents and children, who usually feel better once diagnosed and professionally treated with either psychotherapy (counseling), TMS therapy, or anti-depressant medication.
MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION IN ADULTS INCLUDE
· Feelings of sadness
· Depressed mood
· Thoughts of suicide
· Thoughts of death
· Loss of energy
· Body Aches
· Increased fatigue
· Feelings of guilt
· Feelings worthless
· Trouble sleeping
· Sleeping too much
· Difficulty concentrating
· Loss of appetite or overeating
· Weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
· Slowed movement or speech
· Increase in activity with no purpose (pacing etc.)
· Poor personal hygiene compared to before depression
· Neglecting to clean home for extended periods of time
NOTE: Depression symptoms in adults, children and adolescents are similar, but there can also be some important differences to recognize.
ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN INCLUDE
· Conduct problems at home or at school
· Refusing to go to school
· Aches and pains
· Being underweight
ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION IN TEENS INCLUDE
· Feeling negative and worthless
· Poor attendance at school
· Poor performance at school
· Eating or sleeping too much
· Avoidance of social interaction
· Feeling misunderstood
· Feeling extremely sensitive
· Using recreational drugs
· Feelings of Sadness
· Feelings of Anger
The good news is that depression can be managed successfully with the proper diagnosis and plan of care created by a mental health professional.
Some of the most effective ways depression may be treated is by using psychotherapy (counseling), TMS therapy, or anti-depressant medications prescribed by a psychiatrist.
It is important to seek out professional help for yourself, your child or a loved one, from a licensed mental health professional that can provide you with the diagnosis, support and treatment to help depression be managed.
At Mind Shine, LLC we have multiple ways of treating depression in both adults and children.
We also offer other mental health treatment options such as outpatient therapy, substance abuse counseling, teletherapy, and psychiatric medication management for adolescents, families, adults and children.
TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy for adults is an FDA approved treatment for depression WITHOUT the use or side effects of medications.
However, a patient may also continue taking their psychiatric medications while receiving TMS treatments.
For Children and Adolescents Mind Shine, LLC offers Outpatient Therapy Services, Family Therapy, Individual Counseling Services, Psychiatric Services, Medication Management, Family Counseling, and The Triple-P Program.
Our mental health center also offers online counseling services in North Carolina and Florida via our Telemedicine platform, allowing the patient to receive the help they need in the comfort of their own homes.
We also offer Suboxone Therapy for Opioid addiction to patients in the convenience of their own home, using our HIPPA compliant Telemedicine platform.
Mind Shine, LLC accepts Medicaid, Medicare, Private, Military & Group Insurance Plans, as well as cash payment plans for those Not covered by Insurance.
Please call (919) 366-4073 to set up an appointment or ask questions about we can do to help you or your loved one.
Address: 8360 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone: (984) 242-4554
American Psychiatric Association, National Institute of Mental Health, & Mayo Clinic