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It’s crucial that if someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms below, professional treatment is sought so that their growth and development won’t be further influenced negatively.


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To diagnose a depressive disorder, there must be at least five diagnostic criteria fulfilled out of the checklist in the DSM-5. The DSM-5, according to the American Psychiatric Association, is “a manual for assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders and does not include information or guidelines for the treatment of any disorder.” One of these diagnostic criteria must be an overwhelming sense of sadness or a loss of interest in normal daily activities and hobbies. The other symptoms of depression include:

  • Insomnia or Hypersomnia (The Opposite of Insomnia)
  • Increase in Appetite
  • Decrease in Appetite
  • Persistent Fatigue
  • Overwhelming Feelings of Worthlessness
  • Suicidal Ideations (These can include plans for suicide; however, a plan is not necessary to diagnose suicidal ideation).
  • Feelings of Guilt
  • Concentration Problems
  • Cognitive Difficulties and Slow Thinking
  • Poor Decision-Making Abilities

In order for a professional to diagnose any depressive disorder, it’s imperative that someone is experiencing their symptoms for two weeks or more. 

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Multiple subcategories of depression exist, all of which are incredibly similar but not the same.

The leading types of depression include:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood
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Several different factors usually cause depression. Having a family member with depression can increase chances of developing a mental illness. Sometimes depression is caused by a particular environmental stressor which can be a significant life change or event. Other times, depression can be the result of simple biology. 


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AMFM approaches depression as a chemical imbalance in the brain that must be treated from a wide number of angles. We offer a range of different treatment for depression, such as:

  • Full Psychiatric Evaluations By a Highly-Experienced Licensed Medical Professional
  • Psychopharmacological Treatment / Antidepressant Medications
  • Mental Health Interventions
  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT
  • Goal-Setting
  • Fitness
  • Self-Soothing Coping Skills

Our properties at AMFM provide a safe, secure and supportive environment for those recovering from depression to recovery from their mental illness.

Sometimes medication will be necessary for depression treatment. Medications for depression can include SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), and mood stabilizers.

More natural means of depression treatment are utilized at AMFM, like the therapeutic use of yoga for improving neurochemical activity. Fitness has been proven to be extremely beneficial in depression treatment, anxiety and other mental illnesses.

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Depression and anxiety can coexist (this is called being “comorbid”), but they are not the same mental illness. Both diseases are different but can encourage and feed off of each other. It is vital that, when being treated professionally for depression, all mental illnesses that exist at once are treated at the same time as each other and with the same amount of attention.