At Willow House at the Meadows, women are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of any co-occurring mental health disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, heal from emotional trauma, and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery.

The ABC’s of Depression

Depression is characterized by persistent unhappiness, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, and fatigue. While everyone experiences these feelings at times, depression goes beyond an occasional case of “the blues.” It is a serious disorder that negatively affects the day-to-day lives of those who suffer from it. Prolonged depression can be debilitating and take a toll on a person’s well-being. If left untreated, depression can seriously impact your quality of life.

Depression can manifest itself in different ways in different people, so it’s important to know what to look out for when deciding whether you or someone you know may be suffering from the disorder.

Common Depression Symptoms Include:

  • Intense and persistent sadness or hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness or fatigue
  • Inability to accomplish everyday tasks
  • Irritability or anger
  • Weight changes
  • Lack of appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities that once brought enjoyment
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Physical ailments without a clear cause or that don’t go away
  • Isolation from friends and family

Not everyone who suffers from depression will experience all of these symptoms, and depression will look different from person to person, and even day to day for an individual. But if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms on a consistent basis, depression could easily be the culprit. Often depression is diagnosed when someone is experiencing several of these symptoms over a sustained period of time.

Common Causes

Depression can happen to anyone at any time, but it can be triggered or worsened by life events. For instance, post-partum depression is common among new mothers, and incidences of trauma can bring about or worsen depression. Mood disorders like depression are usually caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors, so depression is not necessarily “caused” by one thing, but certain risk factors exist.

Common risk factors for depression include a family history of depression or other mood disorders, major life changes or stressors, and trauma. Certain medications may also cause or contribute to feelings of depression.

Depression Treatment for Women

While depression is overwhelming, there is hope. Even the most severe and complicated cases are treatable. With proper care, individuals can enjoy a life free from depression. Willow House’s women-only atmosphere allows patients to drop the façade of being okay and invites them to work through the shame and pain that drives their love addiction. In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, women are guided on their journey of recovery.

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