What is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

Nearly 50% of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people between the ages of 15 and 44. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression.

Why? Why are we getting more stressed out, more depressed and more mentally unwell? The increased demand for depression treatment centers is rising.

Dr. Kardaras and Dr. Ilardi think that they’ve found the answer: Increased rates of depression treatment and other mental health woes like anxiety and addiction are a byproduct of our modernized, industrialized and urbanized lives. Our love affair with social media and the gadgets and comforts of being a highly technologically evolved society have made us more sedentary, more isolated and put us on a never-ending treadmill of overworking, under-sleeping and hyper-stressing.

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    In the modern digital age we’ve seen an epidemic spike in mental health disorders–especially amongst young adults. Record rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, personality disorders, overdoses, increased ADHD and overall malaise. And that was all before Covid; since Covid, depression rates have tripled, anxiety rates have hit record levels and suicides have dramatically increased. According to depression researcher Dr. Steven Ilardi, “Americans are 10 times more likely to have depressive illness than they were 60 years ago…and a recent study found the rate of depression has more than doubled in just the past decade”.

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    ” We’ve been engineering the activity out of our lives. The levels of bright-light exposure-time spent outdoors-have been declining. The average adult gets just over six and a half hours of sleep a night. It used to be nine hours a night. There’s increasing isolation, fragmentation, the erosion of community. We feel perpetually stressed.”

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    The more Dr. Ilardi looked at the commonalities of these mentally healthy societies, the more he was able to tease out certain common variables; things like living in a close-knit community, being more physically active, having a greater sense of purpose in their lives, not ruminating on the negative. Armed with his findings, he developed a protocol based on these elements called Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) and discovered amazing research results when incorporated into the lives of modern Americans.

    And there is one other key factor as well: For many, the modern age has also vacuumed out a sense of meaning and purpose out of people’s lives. At Omega Recovery, we that that many of our clients are indeed undergoing an existential crisis of meaning and purpose and turning to toxic habits and behaviors to fill the emptiness. In these cases, existential exploration and finding a sense of life purpose is critical in the healing process.

    Dr. Kardaras has incorporated “Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes” into the clinical protocols of Omega Recovery in Austin: Unplugging from electronic devices, developing a sense of healing community, physical exercise within a group/community setting, immersing oneself in nature–all combined with existential exploration and traditional psychotherapy and evidence based modalities like CBT and DBT can literally be life-saving.

    When all of the abovementioned elements are combined together in treatment, the results are often nothing less than human alchemy– a complete psychic transformation.

    Do You Suffer From Depression?

    At times, we all feel sad, lonely, or depressed. It’s a natural response to loss, difficulties in life, or low self-esteem. These feelings, however, can prevent you from living a regular, healthy life if they become debilitating, trigger physical symptoms, and last for a long time.

    When this happens, it’s time to seek treatment for depression.

    A good place to start is with your regular doctor. They will run tests to see if you’re depressed and provide advice about how to deal with your symptoms. If you don’t get help for your depression, it can get worse and last for months, if not years. It can be painful and even lead to suicide, as it does for about one out of every ten people who suffer from depression.

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    My Depression is Ruining My Life–or My Child’s Life—What can I do?

    While hundreds of depression treatment centers exist throughout the nation, treatment options in the Texas had been almost non-existent.

    But now that’s changed. Omega Recovery offers the best, evidence-based, most immersive and transformative depression treatmentcenters for young adults in the United States.

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    Addicts often find it very difficult to take the first step to recovery on their own. We’ve treated hundreds of people with mental health, technology, and substance abuse addictions. Many claim that it was a loved one who first recommended them to our outpatient rehab program.
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