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Are You Lonely or Are You Depressed?

Posted on: October 9th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Are You Lonely or Are You Depressed?

Depression and feelings of loneliness are often closely related and some even believe that when someone is lonely it is simply another form of being depressed. There can be a lot of confusion between the two problems as people may find it difficult to identify what they are actually feeling. It can be hard to pinpoint feelings of loneliness and whether they are a symptom of depression or if you simply need more human connection.

Loneliness comes from a deep emotional drive that human beings have to feel that they belong. They want to feel socially connected and experience intimate relationships with others. If those needs are not met or they are rejected in some way it can lead to feelings of loneliness.

When someone feels lonely it is directly related to how they feel about their relationships while depression is more a general feeling of sadness or hopelessness that doesn’t always have a direct cause. Depression is not as connected to a specific motivational drive the way that loneliness is. Someone who is depressed may have feelings of worthlessness or loss of interest that are not related to specific problems like social isolation.

One thing to keep in mind is that although loneliness and depression are two separate issues, it is very common for people to feel both lonely and depressed. Someone who suffers from depression begin to withdraw from their social relationships and isolate themselves in a way that leads to loneliness. On the other hand, not everyone who is lonely is depressed and not everyone who is depressed is lonely; it simply depends on their personal circumstances.

If you are experiencing feelings of either loneliness or depression, talk to a counselor to work on solutions to improve your mental health and connections with others.

Generation Depression

Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Generation Depression

The younger generation of millennials are experiencing a much higher risk for mental health issues than previous generations. Levels of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are becoming problematically high for today’s teens. While there may be many factors causing these issues, experts believe that more millennials struggle with perfectionism and elevated expectations which can lead to depression.

This younger generation may feel more pressure to achieve higher education, a successful career and better social standing. High personal standards and overly critical self-evaluations are causing millennials to struggle with the type of perfectionism that negatively affects their mental health. A recent study found that millennials actually suffer from multiple kinds of perfectionism including high ambitions, social pressure, and high expectations of others.

The current generation of teens and college students are dealing with more of these pressures than previous generations. They have increasingly unrealistic education and professional expectations of themselves which causes them to feel depressed and anxious when they don’t achieve their goals. Social media may also play a significant role in feelings of competitiveness and perfectionism that are contributing to mental health issues.

Seeing peers posting their achievements or noteworthy moments on social media can increase feelings of insecurity and the desire to do as well as others. Previous studies have revealed that social media sites like Instagram tend to have a negative impact on self-esteem and body image especially among young teens. Spending too much time on social media and comparing themselves with others online can lead to feelings of depression and isolation.

It is important for young millennials who are struggling with depression, anxiety and issues with perfectionism to learn to be okay with failure or not being perfect. Social media does not always show the ups and downs that other people experience. If you or someone you love is dealing with mental health issues or pressure from high expectations, seek therapy and counseling for help.

Can You Prepare for Seasonal Depression?

Posted on: August 18th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Can You Prepare for Seasonal Depression?

For people that experience depression mainly during certain times of the year (usually winter), they may be diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD as it is commonly called. The symptoms are associated not only with the coldness and darkness of winter but specifically with the shortness of days which can disrupt the body’s hormone levels. Although it is a difficult to disorder to fully prevent, it is possible for people to prepare for the season and ease some of their symptoms in the winter.

One way to prepare for seasonal depression is to start changing your internal clock before winter by waking up earlier and spending the morning in a well lit area. This will allow your body to adjust to shorter days and ease the transition into winter.

Light box therapy is also a very useful tool for SAD to help people cope with the lack of sunlight during winter. A light box exposes you to 10,000 lux brightness which can help ease symptoms such as sadness, hopelessness, irritability and lack of energy. Taking walks in the afternoon when the midday sun is at its brightest can also help you get as much sunlight as possible.

Exercise can also be crucial for people with all types of depression, including SAD. Starting a regular exercise routine before winter can help you get your health up to speed so that you can minimize the effects of seasonal depression. Focusing on health in general can help with depression as well such as eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep every night.

If your symptoms of SAD are very severe you can even consider taking a trip to a warm, sunny place for a vacation at the beginning of winter. The important thing is to stay healthy and get as much sunlight and warmth as possible to minimize the effects of SAD.

Depression Rates are Spiking

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Depression Rate Are Spiking

The number of people being diagnosed with major depression has increased significantly over the past five years. Since 2013 instances of clinical depression have spiked 33 percent according to a recent report from health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield. As more people suffer from depression it puts a strain on the resources that the medical industry is able to provide for care.

The report was based on insurance claims by 41 million members of Blue Cross who sought help for depression and were diagnosed with a significant mental illness. People with depression can suffer from many negative consequences to their health including problems such as chronic illnesses and substance abuse. These combined issues can cause sufferers of depression to have more significant health care needs and to experience worse health outcomes over a period of time.

If trends continue the way that they have it is predicted that depression will become the number one cause for loss of longevity. The dramatic rise in depression has been especially prominent among young people with rates spiking by 47 percent for millennials, 65 percent for adolescent girls and 47 percent for adolescent boys. These groups were impacted the most but depression rose in every demographic in the last five years.

Health trends have shown that not only are more Americans suffering from depression but they also have been experiencing higher rates of loneliness and anxiety. Mental health conditions like depression can be closely linked to other physical health issues so it is important for individuals to get a diagnosis and treatment to prevent it from affecting their longevity. Early diagnosis and treatment can help people with depression avoid developing a chronic condition that is associated with their mental illness.

In order to combat the continuing rise in depression rates it is important to increase awareness and resources for treatment options throughout the U.S.

Men and Women Experience Depression Differently

Posted on: April 10th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Men and Women Experience Depression Differently

Depression has become a very common problem in the U.S. across all ages and demographics. Although women tend to have higher rates of depression, men also struggle with the issue in huge numbers. According to studies, in 2014 almost 16 million adults in the country went through a depressive episode.

Each person has their own unique experience with depression and certain factors can affect their symptoms. Gender can actually play an important role in how a person copes with depression and how the illness manifests itself. Women and men can share common signs and symptoms at times but they each experience depression differently.

Understanding how men and women differ in coping with depression can help inform their treatment and can allow them to find better recovery methods. It is important to know that everyone responds to treatment strategies differently, and women and men may find distinct things that make them feel better. How people related to depression can determine what type of treatment will be most effective.

Gender and Depression Symptoms

The unfortunate reality about gender and depression is that women carry most of the burden of the mental illness. Women actually have twice the risk of developing the condition than men even in different age groups. This is partially related to biological reasons such as hormones and genes that get disrupted when brain regions are developing in the womb.

Biological factors can create a higher vulnerability for depression and women tend to suffer from the problem more often than men. However, another factor that may explain at least partially why women have higher rates of depression is that they are better able to recognize these emotions in themselves. Men can generally be less in tune with their feelings and may not realize that they are experiencing symptoms of depression because they are hiding or denying their unhappiness.

Interestingly, although women have a higher risk for depression they don’t experience it as persistently as men. Women are more likely to have episodic depression that comes and goes while men experience persistent depression. Men are also more likely to suffer serious consequences from their depression such as issues with substance abuse and suicide.

Studies have shown that men and women even have different biological responses in their brain to words that are neutral, happy or sad. The parts of the brain that are linked to depression respond different in person’s brand based on their gender. Certain brain patterns showed that women might respond to more positive stimuli in easing their depression whereas men might need a different approach.                             

Treating Depression for Men and Women

Even though symptoms can appear to be similar at times between men and women when they experience depression, treatment approaches should be catered toward them specifically. Research has shown that the way men and women experience depression differently could mean that they respond to different kinds of treatment. These specific kinds of treatments might be more effective with early intervention for young teens who are just starting to show symptoms.

Since women are more likely to ruminate and engage in negative self-talk, focusing more on positive things or distracting themselves can sometimes be more effective for feeling better. Men are more likely to try to mask their sadness or avoid dealing with it so confronting their depressed feelings may be more useful for them in treatment. Men may also have more issues with anger and irritability as part of their depression which need to be addressed as well.

While men are more likely to have a co-occurring issue with substance abuse because they have a tendency to self-medicate their feelings, women are more likely to have a co-occurring mental illness such as an eating disorder or anxiety disorder. Women tend to have more body images issues and react to stressful situations more than men so they might struggle with anorexia, bulimia, anxiety or panic disorder. It is crucial that both genders receive dual diagnosis treatment if they have either a substance abuse problem or another mental illness along with their depression.

Another aspect of treatment that should be considered is the type of medication used to treat depression. Women and men can respond differently to antidepressants so it is important for these issues to be considered when they are given a prescription. Studies have shown that women are often over-treated with antidepressants and men are under-treated with them so a good quality psychiatrist will be able to prescribe the right medication only when necessary.

Regardless of gender, everyone experiences depression in their own unique way and there is no one size fits all treatment. It is important to find therapists and psychiatrists who take your personal needs into account and consider not only your gender but other factors that are specific to you.