Millions of Americans struggle with depression. At the David Lawrence Centers, the number one diagnosis for individuals seeking assistance is depression. Depressive disorders affect approximately 15% of adults and 8% of children. Antidepressants are the third most common prescription drugs taken by Americans of all ages and the most frequently used medication by people between the ages of 18 to 44.

Despite the prevalence of depression and the many effective interventions available that help people live a happy, healthy, productive daily life, as many as 50% of people suffering from depression never seek help and many lives are lost unnecessarily. In the State of Florida, every three hours a person commits suicide and it is the second leading cause of death for persons age 25-34. In 2009, more Floridians died of suicide than from homicides and HIV combined.

With education, outreach and awareness, more people suffering unnecessarily from depression can achieve life-changing wellness by seeking treatment.

Depression Signs and Symptoms

  • Sad, empty or irritable mood on most days
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Significant changes in appetite, weight, libido or sleep
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Withdrawal and loss of interest and pleasure in daily activities
  • Difficulty concentrating

The David Lawrence Centers provides a variety of treatment options to manage these symptoms including medication and cognitive therapies that help individuals learn to deal with their depression and overcome them. Many people get better outcomes by combining medication with therapy. Brief, focused therapeutic approaches can help us think and feel differently and learn to achieve control and competence.

If you feel you or someone you know may be depressed, call the David Lawrence Centers at (239) 491-7602 for an assessment.

Feb 02, 2012 | Mental Health

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