Summertime Blues IS Depression
Summertime can be a time where many people experience the blues or depression. Let's see if we can get a deeper understanding of depression and what can be done to find a road to recovery. Major depression causes symptoms that begin suddenly, possibly triggered by a crisis or change of some type or the loss of a loved one. It can interfere with normal functioning and if not treated can go on for months or years. There is a form called SAD or seasonal affective disorder that results from changes in the seasons when there is a decrease in the amount of sunlight. There is Dysthymia, which is a form of mild depression where once can function fairly well on a daily basis but over time their relationships and work will suffer. Another form of depression is commonly known as Bipolar Disorder. The significant thing about this illness is that people change back and forth between periods of depression and mania or "highs". These mood changes can be gradual or sudden. Professional treatment is necessary for all of these types of depression.
Likewise, there are many different people who are able to treat depression. Psychiatrists are physicians who help those with emotional problems and they can diagnose, counsel and prescribe medication. Psychologists are experts in psychological problems. They can provide diagnosis and treatment. Psychotherapists have special training to help change relationships which cause depression. Social workers may provide psychotherapy and referrals. Psychiatric nurses are registered nurses who provide psychotherapy, education, and medication. Your own health care provider can also be a valuable resource as they can make referrals and provide treatment as well.
So where would you seek help? Community mental health centers provide professional services at reasonable costs. General hospitals can provide short-term, intensive care treatment. Mental hospitals, such as Madison State Hospital, treat inpatients with serious mental disorders. Spiritual leaders can also provide information and support. Self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, can provide support and referrals. Some schools and employers may provide counseling through their employee assistance programs.
If you think you have a form of depression, get professional help by consulting with your health-care provider. Discuss your symptoms and follow up on any referrals or recommendations they may give. Their expertise and judgment are exactly what is needed because depression can be treated successfully and you can be on the road to recovery in no time.
For more information on depression you can log onto www.mentalhealthamericajc.net or contact the National Mental Health Association at 1-800-969-6642.