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DEPRESSIVE DISORDER

THE PATH FROM DEPRESSION TO FREEDOM

Deep Understanding Of Depression

Depression is more than just feeling “down”; it is a complex brain disorder. This serious mental illness can drag you into a deep darkness, making you feel like you are completely consumed by inner turmoil. Depression is a insidious and persistent condition that can overshadow every aspect of your life and disrupt your daily functioning.

Importance Of Understanding

It is crucial to understand the origins, symptoms, and the potential for dual diagnoses. In Belgium, Liberty Home Primary Care Facility is dedicated to helping people struggling with depression and provides comprehensive interventions and holistic therapies to address underlying causes. Liberty Home aims to assist those dealing with depression.

Use Of Substances As Coping Mechanism

People dealing with depression sometimes turn to substances, which poses additional challenges. This situation, better known as a dual diagnosis, adds an extra hurdle on the path to recovery.

Types Of Depression

Depression comes in various forms, such as:

  1. Major Depressive Disorder: Also known as clinical depression, this is when people feel like a constant dark cloud hangs over them. It affects daily functioning and leads to a decreased interest in activities that were once enjoyed.

  2. Persistent Depressive Disorder: This form of depression is characterized by a long-lasting low mood that lasts for two years or longer in adults and at least one year in children and adolescents. It can alternate between episodes of severe depression and periods of milder symptoms where daily functioning is possible.

  3. Postpartum Depression: This affects women after the birth of a baby. It causes intense and persistent feelings of anxiety, sadness, and fatigue, making it difficult for mothers to care for themselves and their babies. Postpartum depression can begin anywhere from a few weeks to several months after childbirth.

  4. Psychotic Depression: This is a form of depression with psychotic features that occur when people become severely depressed and experience delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren’t there).

  5. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): SAD is related to seasonal changes and typically occurs in the winter when there is less sunlight and shorter days. It can lead to depressive symptoms.

What Causes Depression?

There are several causes of depression, including:

  • Genetic factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Psychological factors
  • Biochemical factors

A person is at an increased risk of depression if someone in the family has a history of depression or if they have experienced trauma, major life changes, severe stress, or certain physical illnesses (such as COVID, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or Parkinson’s), or as a side effect of certain medications.

Signs And Symptoms Of Depression

The symptoms of depression can vary from person to person. Early recognition is essential for timely intervention.

To be diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, some of these signs and symptoms should be present almost every day for at least two weeks:

  1. Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, pessimism, and emptiness.
  2. Neglect of personal hygiene.
  3. Fatigue and lack of energy.
  4. Sleep problems like insomnia, waking up very early, or excessive sleep.
  5. Many find comfort in daytime sleep to escape the overwhelming reality.
  6. Anxiety, irritability, and restlessness.
  7. Feeling worthless or guilty.
  8. Lack of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities previously enjoyed.
  9. Changes in appetite, leading to weight loss or weight gain.
  10. Slowed movement, speech, or thinking, or a sense of inner restlessness.
  11. Forgetfulness.
  12. Social isolation and not wanting to communicate with others.
  13. Difficulty concentrating, clear thinking, or indecisiveness.
  14. Thoughts of not wanting to live, death, or suicide, suicide attempts, or self-harming behaviors.

HERE’S HOW WE HELP

We’ll be honest: overcoming addiction isn’t a stroll through the park. However, our multifaceted programme assures you of optimal guidance and support throughout your recovery. We specialize in various forms of psychological treatment, namely Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Trust is what keeps our team and community together. We are ardently focused on helping you achieve a realistic reintegration into your original environment and community. For that, we need you to act. Only talking doesn’t cut it. Re-integration requires commitment, effort, and hard work. If you’re up for it, we promise to support you in every way we can.

“Action is key. Nobody talks themselves into addiction, and we cannot simply talk our way out of it.”

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