Depression can magnify the substance abuse. North Coast Recovery can help manage depression.
What Is Depression?
According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), depression is a “common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.” This organization claims that around 6.7% of all adults suffer from depression each year and that 16.6% will go through a depressive state during some point in their lives. Women are more susceptible to depression than men, as an estimated one-third of all adult females are expected to have a major depressive episode.
Signs of Depression
Individuals who are depressed often exhibit certain symptoms, including:
- Changes in sleeping patterns – i.e., sleeping too much or too little
- Having little interest in things that were once very enjoyable
- Loss of appetite or binge eating
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of worthlessness or being “stuck in a rut”
- Suicidal thoughts
Nearly everyone experiences one or more of the above symptoms from time to time; however, this does not necessarily mean an individual is depressed. To be considered in a depressed state, a person must have experienced these symptoms for a period of two weeks or longer.
Changes in Behavior
Many of the symptoms of depression may not be immediately apparent to others. As such, you should keep an eye out for the following behavior changes that might indicate a person is depressed:
- Becoming easily agitated – A person who is depressed may be more restless than usual or get frustrated very quickly.
- Avoiding social contact – Those who are depressed may not feel like leaving their home and may make constant excuses to avoid certain situations.
- Difficulty performing everyday tasks – When someone is depressed, everyday tasks, such as taking a shower or getting dressed, may seem overwhelming.
Physical and Mental Symptoms of Depression
Depression may sometimes manifest itself by producing certain physical and mental symptoms that may include:
- Chest pains
- Muscle aches and/or joint pain
- Sleep disorders, including nightmares
- Extreme weight loss or gain
How North Coast Recovery Can Help
North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.
North Coast Recovery, a place of healing…a place of hope.