Depression is a serious mental disorder that affects more than 20 million people in the United States. Fortunately, Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center has a staff of highly trained psychiatrists and clinicians who are qualified to treat depression and other mental health disorders.

a man with depression listens to his therapist

Understanding Depression

Depression is associated with changes in brain substances that help nerve cells communicate, and it directly relates to a person’s serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine levels. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, the sudden death of a loved one, personal problems, substance abuse, serious illness, and even genetics can cause depression. More common among women than men, depression can begin as early as the teenage years, although it has been reported to develop earlier.

Signs of Depression:

  • Ongoing sadness
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Ongoing headaches and pains
  • Feeling tired all the time

It is important to note that symptoms differ from case to case and depend on gender, sexuality, age, and many other factors.

Do not hesitate to seek help if you or a loved one shows signs of depression. To receive more details or schedule a no cost assessment, call us at 954-734-2001.

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