Depression is a mood disorder that has psychological and biological causes and depression can life threatening. Depression is characterized as being in a bad mood for at least two consecutive weeks. Individuals who are in a depression show little interest in anything and get no pleasure from activities. If you suspect you or a loved one has depression, do not hesitate to call National Referral today to find out what you can do about it. About 17% of adults in the United States have suffered with at least one episode of major depression which can make life feel hopeless and worthless.

Symptoms of depression include problems with eating. This can mean eating too little or eating too much. Too much or too little sleeping can also occur in individuals who are suffering with depression. Other symptoms include problems with:

* concentrating
* thinking
* making decisions
* lacking energy
* thinking about suicide
* feeling worthless or guilty

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression you probably already know it. Dramatic mood changes and sullen personality swings are not tough to identify and can be difficult for those around the sufferer. Depression can be caused by stressors such as work problems, financial difficulties or family troubles. Depression also has biological causes including various brain chemical imbalances. Genetic factors are very strong and studies of twins have shown that if one twin suffers from depression there is an 80% chance the other twin will too(S.O. Moldin, Behavior Genetics, 1991)

The combination of psychological stressors and genetic predisposition mean that depression cannot be treated with out help. Willpower and positive thinking are powerless in the face of debilitating depression and professional intervention< is required.

National Referral can direct you to leading professionals who can treat depression and other disorders such as alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders and other anti-social behaviors that require outside help. It is essential to find a facility that is up to date with the most successful anti-depressant drugs as well as incorporating the latest psychotherapy techniques. Anti-depressants can be very effective in regulating emotions and moods whereas psychotherapy can change destructive thinking patterns and solve hidden problems. This combination is found to be the most effective versus anti-depressants or therapy alone.

Depression is a chronic disorder that can continue to get worse over time if left untreated. Treatment is available and effective. Do not let depression continue to limit your life, call National Referral today.


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