Each day advancements are made in medical research thanks to: the patients who enroll in the clinical trials, the physicians who conduct the studies, and the pharmaceutical companies that create new drugs in an attempt to cure the mental and physical afflictions that plague millions of Americans.
This blog allows our doctors, nurses and clinicians to share their professional insights. Here’s an article about Depression written by the Medical Director at our Bradenton site:
Are you sad most of the time? Is it hard to get up in the morning and start the day? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep? Do you find yourself crying for no apparent reason? Do you blame yourself for feeling this way?
If you feel this way, and it has been going on most days for more than two weeks, it is possible that you may be suffering from depression. And you are not alone. Studies have shown that between 5 to 7 % of Americans report current symptoms of major depression. Those affected by depression not only endure emotional suffering; but their family life, social life and work suffer. It also represents significant economic loss personally, for business and for society in general.
For a long time, people have associated depression with “being weak”. Friends and family tell you to “snap out of it”. You may feel guilty for not being able to do it. You may also feel that this is something that “you brought upon yourself”. You may even have thoughts that “it is not worth it to feel this way” and that “everyone will be better off if I am not here anymore”. And this is a very dangerous downward spiral. A depression that goes untreated significantly increases the risk for suicide.
We now know that major depression is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors and that it responds very well to a variety of treatments. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, counseling, psychotherapy and/or medication treatment is indicated. Your primary care doctor can help you with referrals to a therapist or psychiatrist. In many cases, they can start treatment themselves.
There are an increasing number of clinical trials to study new medications for depression. Some of the studies are for those people that did not do well with the current available treatments. Florida Clinical Research Center is currently conducting several of those studies. Please contact us for more information.