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Depression

Depression is a mood disorder. It’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the approximately 20 million people in the United States who have depression, this does not just go away. Depression can persist and interfere with your everyday life, affecting your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. But help is available, and there are effective treatments for depression.
Last updated: December 02, 2020
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Depression has a variety of causes, including genetic, biological, environmental/situational, and psychological factors. It can occur at any age, but it often begins in teens and young adults. Depression can be experienced in episodes, spanning different amounts of time for different people, and it can range from mild to severe.

Symptoms include:

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that you used to enjoy
  • Change in weight
  • Difficulty sleeping, or oversleeping
  • Irritability (especially for men
  • Loss of energy
  • Unexplained physical problems
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

There are effective treatments for depression, which may include antidepressants and talk therapy. Many people get better by using both. If you are noticing that your depression is interfering with day-to-day activities and relationships, it may be time to reach out to a mental health professional or your doctor.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the local SummitStone Crisis Center at 970-494-4200, ext. 4. Or call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

 

For more information

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: adaa.org

Mental Health America: mhanational.org/conditions/depression

National Institute of Mental Health: nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

 

Local resources

Connections Adult Services offers answers, options, and support to help adults find treatment for mental health and substance use concerns. We can answer your questions, offer assessment, and provide referrals to providers in the community. Call 970-221-5551.
425 W. Mulberry St., Suite 101, Fort Collins

The CAYAC Team at Connections serves Larimer County youth up through age 24, as well as their families. Our goal is the early identification and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders that can affect health, happiness, family, and school. Call 970-221-3308; services by appointment.
425 W. Mulberry St., Suite 112, Fort Collins