Depression has become more common in our modern society, or at least openly talked about. It effects approximately 4- 5% of us in the United States at one time or another. Depression can impact ones’ appetite either increasing or decreasing it. Depression may also effect sleep having the same impact of possibly increasing or decreasing the amount of sleep one may get. Depression can effect concentration, motivation, or even the immune system. Depression may also come in many different forms such as major depression or bipolar disorder, or even dysthymia.
To differentiate Depression from depression or the occasional down mood, Depression is very repetitive experience. Not something that is triggered by a particular event or capstone (turning forty for example might be a capstone event for someone that triggers a depressed mood). This type of depressive episode we work with frequently and is sometimes mistaken for Depressive disorder. When thinking of an episode such as this we like to look at it as a fixation on a past moment in time while conversely anxiety would be a fixation on a future moment in time.
We are able to help in any circumstance a struggling young adult may face. Many times it might just come down to pinpointing what really is making a young adult depressed. It can even be drastically impacted with healthy lifestyle changes because sometimes a depressed state may lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices and ends up feeding a cycle of depression that is hard to break out of. If a young adult is suffering from a Depressive disorder than hopefully that has been already identified and if any medications are required they have already been prescribed by a treating doctor. In these circumstances Penrith Farms Young Adult Program can make counselors available on-site and provide a positive environment with a healthy lifestyle to support their needs.