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Depression (also known as major depressive disorder, or MDD) is a treatable medical condition characterized mainly by long-lasting low or irritable mood that impacts the daily life of the person suffering from it. The onset of depression can be linked to certain major life events, like divorce or a family member’s death, but sometimes depression comes out of the blue. Depression affects both the mind and body.

Depressed man stares at the ocean

Symptoms of depression

Like most mental health disorders, depression feels different for every person. With that in mind, most people with depression will have five or more of these symptoms for at least 2 weeks:

  • Feelings of sadness or irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Low energy levels and fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Trouble with concentration or memory
  • Thoughts about death or suicide
  • Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in appetite
  • Slowed movements

Depression can also cause anxiety. Many people report feeling pain in their body, as well. Depression can occur along with other issues, such as bipolar disorder.

How is depression diagnosed?

Your provider will talk to you about your symptoms and what might be causing them. Your answers will help them make a final diagnosis and make a plan to help you feel better. At Geode Health, our first meetings with clients are always 60 minutes. This gives us the time we need to listen to you, ask questions, and better understand your unique story.

Depression is very common. 15-20% of people deal with depression at some point in their lives. While depression can have many negative effects on your life, it’s important to remember that depression can be successfully treated with psychotherapy, medications, and a number of newer interventions.

Find depression therapy and treatment at Geode Health

Across our many locations, our clinicians are ready to help you or your loved one confront, treat, and overcome depression. View all of our practices today to find a location nearest you, or book an appointment online. Together, we’ll help you take the first step towards a healthier, happier life.

If you are in crisis and in need of immediate support

Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or text the Crisis Text Line by texting HELLO to 741741