This persistent mood disorder can be debilitating

Defining Depression

Characterized by persistent unhappiness, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, and fatigue, depression can be debilitating and take a toll on a person’s wellbeing. Depression is caused by many factors, most involving trauma of some type, and if left untreated it can severely impact the quality of – or even ruin – an individual’s life.

The Connection Between Depression and Sex Addiction

Depression’s long list of symptoms is bad enough, but other issues can also arise from this disorder. They range from low motivation and health problems to substance abuse and sexual addiction. Self-medicating is a real risk, with depressed individuals turning to drugs, alcohol, or sexual acting out to try to rid themselves of unwanted feelings or emotions or numb their pain.

Treating Complex Mental Health Issues

Individuals suffering from depression often lack the motivation to get out of bed. Since depression causes sufferers to feel as if they are carrying a burden no one else can comprehend, those with the disorder tend to isolate themselves from loved ones and trusted friends.

The therapies utilized to treat depression depends on the type and severity of symptoms, as well as any possible causes. At Gentle Path, men are guided through the process of uncovering the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Even the most severe and complicated cases of depression are treatable, but these complex mental health issues require an experienced team that understands how to address them along with any co-occurring conditions.

Depression is often expressed as persistent:

  • Unhappiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest and/or pleasure in usual activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
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Recovery is Possible

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Taking that first step is hard, but there’s a new life of health and hope just waiting for you. The next chapter of your life can begin now, but only you can change your story.

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