Major Depressive Disorder

Treatment for Depression can begin by calling Mindful today at 516-505-7200

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), or depression, is a serious mental illness categorized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, lack of interest or pleasure in formerly enjoyable activities, difficulty sleeping, attending work or school, and sometimes suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Depression is more than merely feeling sad, and often requires treatment using antidepressant medication as well as psychotherapy.

Below are some common symptoms of depression. To be diagnosed with MDD, an individual must experience at least one of these symptoms every day for at least two weeks:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Depression is more than just feelings of sadness, and must be taken and treated seriously. While some individuals experience only one episode of depression in their life, several experience recurrent episodes over time.

Depression can be caused by a variety of factors including family history, past trauma, a chemical imbalance, or high levels of stress. It can have a variety of health and lifestyle impacts such as substance use or abuse, fatigue, memory issues, and suicidal thoughts.

Mindful recognizes the impact depression can have on individuals suffering. It may interfere with ability to maintain employment, interpersonal relationships, and lead to feelings of hopelessness. Our team wants to help individuals feel a sense of hope that recovery from depression is possible. With a combination of individualized medication management and psychotherapy, you or your loved one may experience relief from depression, and feel hopeful about the future.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.