Depression

Depression is a common problem in America. More than 19 million people suffer from different types of depression yearly.

What is Depression?

We all feel sad sometimes. These feelings usually come when we feel a sense of loss or disappointment. A good example is when we lose a loved one at death. However, we eventually feel better.

Depression is different. This is a prolonged feeling of sadness that doesn’t go away. It can last for weeks or months. In some situations, it can go on for years.

People who feel depressed are vulnerable to more serious issues such as self-harm or suicide.

What Causes Depression?

Depression can be caused by different factors. They include

How Does Depression Affect Females?

Women are more likely to experience depression during their lifetime. This is because some types of depression affect only women. A good example is post-partum depression.

Some common symptoms of depression in females include

How Does Depression Affect Teens and Children

Depression can have a negative impact on the growth and development of teens and children.

Children might also have slightly different symptoms from adults and teens. This might include appetite and weight problems, avoiding school, or experiencing aches.

Teens might experience bad or poor performances in social interactions or in school. They might also struggle with feelings of worthlessness.

What are the Types of Depression?

Post-partum and Perinatal Depression

As the name implies, this happens during and after pregnancy. Some symptoms include stress, anxiety, and minor sadness.

Bipolar Depression

People with bipolar depression have extreme mood swings. This alternates between extreme feelings of sadness to extreme happiness and high energy levels.

Psychotic Depression

People with psychotic depression suffer from hallucinations and delusions. In other words, they believe and live in a different reality.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

This type of depression comes with severe or strong feelings of sadness and hopelessness. An episode of MDD can last for 2 weeks.

A version of MDD with fewer symptoms is persistent depressive disorder (PDD).

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

This affects only females. It can occur a few days before the start of menstrual periods. It comes with normal symptoms of depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

This is depression that occurs seasonally. Symptoms usually start around the end of fall and continue throughout winter.

Most symptoms will disappear once spring is around the corner.

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

How is Depression Diagnosed?

Chronic depression is usually diagnosed by your primary health care provider. They might request your family history and ask you to fill out a questionnaire.

Your health care provider might also ask you some additional questions. Most doctors will carry out other tests to rule out other possible health issues.

What are the Risk Factors For Depression?

Gender– Females are almost twice as likely to have depression. This is because some types of depression are gender-specific.

Transgenders are far more likely to have depression than persons who identify as male or female.

Medical Issues- Certain medical illnesses can lead to depression. Heart disease and medical conditions that cause pain are common culprits.

Family History– If your close or immediate family member has depression, you are at a higher risk of having it. Genetics can also play a prominent role.

Substance Addiction/Abuse– People who abuse drugs and other illegal substances are more likely to suffer from depression.

Medications- Corticosteroids and some birth controls pose a higher risk of depression.

Can Depression Be Cured?

There is no known cure for depression. However, people who treat it early enough might go long periods without experiencing depression.

Follow the instructions given by your doctor to get the most out of the treatment plan.

How is Depression Treated?

Depression can be treated with home remedies or at a medical facility. It all depends on the frequency and severity.

Home Remedies For Depression

Self-Care- Put yourself and your body first. Try to get enough sleep, eat healthier, and meditate. Engaging in social activities will also do wonders for your depression.

Exercise- Try to do some workouts. You can take a walk, jog, or go biking.

Set Boundaries- Setting boundaries in your life or at work can reduce your stress levels. Stress and feeling overwhelmed are big triggers of depression.

Avoid Substance Abuse- Drug and substance abuse can cause depression. Even in rehab, withdrawal symptoms often include depression. Protect yourself by never engaging in it. If you always have, start your treatment quickly.

Medical Treatment For Depression

Medications

Medications can include

Other antidepressant drugs include

These drugs might not be compatible with other drugs. You should get a prescription before taking any of them.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This treatment involves working with a therapist. The focus is to find habits that are either harmful or toxic to the patient.

Psychodynamic Therapy

This treatment focuses on using past experiences to help you improve your life. Your therapist might want to talk about your childhood and other important moments in your life.

Other forms of treatment include

The specific treatment will depend on your therapist or doctor.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you feel depressed, make sure you see a doctor as soon as you can. Friends and family are also initial good options.

Getting treatment for depression early is crucial to your recovery.

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Alyssa Mueller

Therapist

Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.