A depression is a mood disorder. It affects emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical functioning. If you feel depressed, You feel gloomy and you can’t enjoy. When this situation lasts longer than two weeks, it is called a “depression.”
It is important to recognize and combat a depression or depressive symptoms in time to prevent worsening. Rapid recognition is not always easy. Characteristics of a depression can be:
- no sense or interest in anything
- change in appetite
- change in your sleep pattern: both insomnia and a lot of sleep occur
- restless feelings
- crying spells – irritable
- concentration problems
- negative self image
- no sex drive
- (thinking about) suicide
How does a depression develop?
Most of the time there are more than one factor responsible for getting a depression. For example, you can develop a depression after a sad or traumatic experience, but a depression can also arise from unprocessed emotions from your childhood, or because of hormone fluctuations, hereditary predisposition or the use of alcohol and drugs. Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and cardiovascular disease can also trigger depressive feelings. But sometimes, there is no reason at all.
Can you prevent yourself against a depression?
If you are very depressed and it feels like you are having a depression, the tips below may help you:
- get enough sleep
- maintain a regular and responsible diet
- move enough
- meet regularly with good friends with whom you can share your story
- plan a bit of relaxation for yourself every day
- do not postpone things, but agree with yourself that you do at least one job per day that you look up to
- be aware of worrying and try to stop it by seeking distraction or thinking of something positive
If those tips do not help, don’t wait too long to get help.
“Sometimes a depression develops without a reason”
Can anyone get a depression?
A depression can occur at all ages. Statistics (CBS) show that it is more prevalent among women than among men and that depression is most common in the 40-50 age group. In that age category, one in ten people has got a depression. Furthermore, depression can be familial. However, if you have a genetic predisposition, it does not mean that you will become depressed sooner or later.
What kind of treatments are possible?
There are many ways to treat a depression. Your practitioner will discuss this with you, and according to the intensity of your depression, and draw up a treatment plan. Mindfulness can help break through your depressed thoughts and the effects of physical exertion, such as walking or running, can also give a positive twist. Sometimes more help is needed, for example in the form of psycho or talk therapy. If the complaints are more serious, antidepressants can be used as a treatment. As a final step, electroshocks can be applied. A fairly new treatment, which shows promising results, is the administration of ketamine.
What is ketamine?
Ketamine was originally developed as a pain reliever and as an anesthetic in operations. Under the name “Special K”, the drug is also used recreationally as a party drug. A small amount gives a dreamy buzz, but consuming too much of it can cause violent trips. However, as an antidepressant, it’s the correct dose through an IV. This happens after referral by and under the treatment of your own psychiatrist. Ketamine works quickly. Where other antidepressants often require a longer period (sometimes a few weeks) before they do their work optimally, ketamine can provide improvement within an hour after administration.
Who is eligible for treatment with ketamine?
About 30% of people with a depression do not benefit from the regular treatments. Only these patients, who are “treatment resistant”, are eligible for treatment with ketamine. Patients can make an appointment with a referral from their general practitioner or medical specialist. They will be invited for an intake and then the treatment takes place in one of the clinics in Velsen or Hilversum. A treatment with ketamine can make the difference between survival and full life again.
About Excellent Care Clinics
Cees Jan Oostwouder of Excellent Care Clinics: “Because of our expertise and years of experience in the field of pain treatments and our advanced equipment, my colleague Karin Vos and I can really do something for you. Developments in science and technology are of course not standing still. It is a challenge for me to reduce pain and complaints as much as possible with these developments, in collaboration with the general practitioner and other medical disciplines. Because we are a small clinic, we have attention and time for you during every examination and treatment. It is also important that you can contact us immediately for your complaint. In our clinics, there is no waiting time. The complaints that we treat are: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, facial pain, lower back complaints, hernia pain and (chronic) pain, but also depressions. We also treat cancer pain. And in addition to these treatments, we also offer a treatment against hot flashes.
Do you want more information or do you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call our clinic in Hilversum: 085-0479271 or our clinic in Velsen-Noord: 085-0479273.