Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Delta Specialty Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Delta Specialty Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Depression Signs, Symptoms & Effects

Delta Specialty Hospital helps individuals struggling with a mental health disorder build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Memphis, TN, Delta is the leading provider of mental health treatment.

Understanding Depression

Learn about depression

Every person on the planet has experienced feelings of sadness at some point or another. Perhaps those feelings have even lasted a few days – especially following a life-changing event such as a death in the family or a divorce – before remitting. Individuals who struggle with depressive disorder, by contrast, feel a near-constant state of sadness and hopelessness, losing interest in everything they once enjoyed. Depressive disorders affect nearly every part of an individual’s life, including the way they think, act, and feel. Untreated depression can cause a number of emotional and physical problems, an inability to complete activities of daily living, and a profound state of hopelessness about the future. Depression isn’t a personality flaw or weakness, it’s a treatable mental health condition that requires long-term management and care in order to recover. There exist a number of depressive disorders, including major depressive disorder, dysthymia, and minor depressive disorder.

Major depressive disorder is known for the combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability of an individual to work, sleep, eat, study, or enjoy once-fun activities. Major depression is a disabling condition that can prevent an individual from functioning. Certain individuals may experience a single episode of major depressive disorder, while others may experience multiple episodes.

Dysthymia (or dysthymic disorder) is described as long-term – 2 or more years – symptoms that may not be quite severe enough as to affect the individual’s activities of daily living, but can result in abnormal levels of functioning or feeling good. Individuals who have dysthymia may also experience one or more episodes of major depressive disorder.

Minor depression is described as having depressive symptoms longer than two weeks that do not meet the criteria for major depression. However, without treatment, minor depression can easily become major depression.

It’s important to note that many people who are diagnosed with unrelated medical conditions such as a heart attack or stroke are at greater risk for developing depression. As these individuals are forced to deal with a crisis situation as quickly as possible, medical physicians often neglect or forget about the emotional needs of their patients. Individuals with chronic health conditions who develop depression should always seek treatment for their depression, as well as their health condition, so that the two disorders do not worsen.

Many individuals who struggle with depressive disorders do not seek treatment even though most who seek treatment find that their depression abates. There are a number of effective treatments for depression, including medication management, therapies, and other methods that allow a depressed individual to learn to live a happy and productive life. At Delta, we’re fully committed to helping you understand your depression and help you treat the symptoms that have left you hopeless and in despair so that you can go on to live a happy, functional life.


Depression statistics

Depressive disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Every year, approximately 6.7% of adults (or 12 million people) living in the United States experience depressive disorders; only about two-thirds of these individuals seek treatment. Women are 70% more likely to experience depression than men.

Co-occurring Disorders

Depression and co-occurring disorders

Depression rarely occurs in the absence of other medical or mental health conditions. The most common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors of depression

Depression is not thought to be the result of a single factor, but rather a complex combination of factors working together to cause depressive disorders. The most common causes for depression include:

Genetic: Certain types of depression tend to run in families, however, depression can also appear in individuals who have no prior familial history of depressive disorders. It’s likely that depression may be influenced by a number of genes working together.

Brain Chemistry: Depression appears to be, in part, a disorder of the brain. MRI scans of the brains of depressed individuals’ show a change in structure and function from MRI scans of non-depressed individuals.

Environmental: It appears that for some individual’s depression may begin after a particularly traumatic life event, such as the loss of a loved one, trauma, divorce, or other stressful situations.

Psychological: Individuals who are depressed often attempt to self-medicate away the depressive symptoms by engaging in drug and alcohol abuse. Over time, this can lead to a substance addiction problem, which can worsen the symptoms of depression.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of depressive disorders

The symptoms of depressive disorders can vary in intensity from person to person, based upon length of symptoms, support structure, and individual temperament. The most common symptoms of depression include the following:

Mood symptoms:

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Unhappiness
  • Frustration

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Withdrawing from once-pleasurable activities
  • Withdrawing from loved ones
  • Spending increasing amounts of time alone
  • Decline in scholastic or occupational functioning
  • Inability to meet responsibilities at home, work, or school
  • Crying spells, often for no reason
  • Trouble concentration
  • Inability to make a decision
  • Poor memory function
  • Behaving pessimistically

Physical symptoms:

  • Sleep disturbances – insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Eating more or less
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Slowed thinking
  • Fatigue
  • Slowed speaking
  • Decreased energy
  • Unexplained physical maladies
  • Slowed body movements

Psychological symptoms:

  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Anger
  • Feeling worthless
  • Guilt
  • Fixating on past failures
  • Thoughts of death
  • Feeling empty inside
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Suicide attempts

Effects of depressive disorders

The effects of depressive disorders do change from person to person, depending upon length of symptoms, efforts toward treatment, and life circumstances. The most common effects of untreated depression include:

  • Social isolation
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance abuse
  • Familial conflicts
  • Job loss
  • Crumbling interpersonal relationships
  • Financial hardships
  • Self-injury
  • Suicide

I was diagnosed with depression 1 year ago and had weekly sessions with my Delta Specialty Hospital therapist whom is the most supportive and understanding person. Without her and the rest of the staff I would not be who I am today.

– Former Patient
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  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Professional Network on Aging
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation