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Depression is like an anchor that won’t let you sail to other ports. Left untreated, it can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, ruin relationships, decrease work efficiency, and hamper recovery from illness.

Everyone experiences depression in unique ways. For some, it’s the inability to feel pleasure or to free oneself from negative thoughts. For others, it’s an overwhelming cloud of sadness that disrupts normal eating and sleeping cycles. It afflicts men, women, and children of all ages. Left untreated or ignored, depression can ruin lives, but depression treatment – everything from medication to counseling to alternative approaches like yoga and meditation – can be effective. Why suffer any longer when compassionate care and therapeutic help are available?

There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, “There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.” Sadness is more or less like a head cold – with patience it passes. Depression is like cancer.
— Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees
 
 
Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.
— Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
 
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Do you or someone you know exhibit any of these classic signs of depression?

  • Unable to take pleasure in activities you once enjoyed.
  • Feelings of sadness that won’t disappear.

  • Unexplained loss of energy.
  • Thoughts & feelings of hopelessness and unworthiness.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Difficulty making decisions.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Frequent stomachaches and digestive issues.

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Depression is more widespread than most people realize. Statistics suggest that somewhere between 15 and 18 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from episodes of major depression every year. Children can be depressed as well and women experience depression at twice the rate of men. A life hampered by depression is like wading through water 24/7. It’s exhausting and confusing. Breaking free from depression requires bravery and compassion. Let CAST Centers help you through the process.

What would a life without depression look like?

It might mean having the energy to handle your job, your kids, and the demands of living without escaping to a dark room or smothering your sadness with food or alcohol. It might mean being excited about attending a party or going out to dinner. It certainly means waking up with a positive outlook about the day, smiling more, and laughing easily. Thanks to the CAST Alignment Model (CAM), there is a path to uncover the cause of your depression, as well as a protocol for restoring balance to your mental health. Call now to set up an appointment.

Unfortunately, far too many people ignore treatment, which usually means more trouble and heartache. Left undiagnosed and untreated, depression typically worsens and can spiral into addiction, deeper darkness, and suicidal thoughts. Accidents become more common, arguments increase, and job productivity falls. Make the decision today that you want more for your life. Seek treatment for depression now.