Depression Treatment & Psychotherapy
What is depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that creates feelings of disinterest and sadness. There are many forms of depression, but the most common form is called major depressive disorder. Depression can affect the way you feel day-to-day as well as your actions and interactions with others. You may feel unable to complete everyday tasks and feel that life is not worth living.
Depression is more than just “the blues” or growing pains and does not always go away with time. However, most people who suffer from depression feel better with counseling from a psychiatrist and medication when necessary.
What are the most common types of depression?
The most common types of depression include:
- Major depressive disorder
- Dysthymia / dysthymic disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Postpartum depression
- Seasonal affective disorder
What causes depression?
Depression does not have one cause. There are a variety of factors that may contribute to a person’s depression. Some of these factors include:
- Chemical imbalances in the brain
- Biological differences in the brain’s structure
- Hormones and hormonal changes
- Family members with mental disorders
Situational factors can trigger depression as well. Death, job loss, childbirth and changes in one’s environment are a few examples of situational factors that may trigger depression.
What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
Signs and symptoms of depression may include:
- Feeling sad or empty
- Loss of interest in activities and hobbies that you used to enjoy
- Appetite changes, which may lead to weight loss or weight gain
- Lack of energy, sluggishness and constant tiredness
- Feeling worthless
- Dwelling on past mistakes
- Recurring thoughts of death
- Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
- Physical aches and pains that cannot be explained
Depression may occur only once or several times throughout a person’s life. It can occur during childhood, teenage years, or adulthood. Symptoms are similar across age groups but may differ slightly depending on one’s age.
Signs of Depression in Children
In children, depression may cause symptoms including:
- Aches and pains
- Refusal to attend school
Signs of Depression in Young Adults
In teens and young adults, depression may cause symptoms including:
- Poor attendance or performance at school
- Feeling misunderstood
- Extreme sensitivity
- Using drugs or alcohol
- Excessive sleep
Signs of Depression in Older Adults
In older adults, depression may cause symptoms including:
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Loss of interest in social activities
- Sleep problems
Who is at risk of suffering from depression?
There are some risk factors that may increase your chances of suffering from depression. However, depression can happen to anyone, at any age, with or without a situational trigger. Some of the factors that tend to increase a person’s chance of suffering from depression include:
- Having certain personality traits, such as dependence or pessimism
- Abusing alcohol
- Taking certain medications
- Having a history of anxiety or other mental health disorders
- Experiencing childhood trauma
When should I seek depression help from a doctor?
If you are experiencing any symptoms indicative of depression, it is important to make an appointment with a doctor or psychiatrist as soon as possible. If you are feeling reluctant to seek medical help, speaking with a person you trust can be a helpful first step.
At The Psychiatry Group, we evaluate your symptoms to determine whether you are suffering from depression. The sooner you are able to get a proper medical diagnosis for your depression, the sooner you will start to feel better.
What does depression treatment involve?
Depression treatment can vary from depression counseling, including psychotherapy, to taking psychiatrist prescribed medication. The Psychiatry Group offers treatments for depression including:
Psychotherapy for Depression
Psychotherapy is a commonly used treatment method for depression, also sometimes referred to as depression counseling or talk therapy. During therapy, patients speak with a depression psychiatrist about their thoughts and feelings and learn strategies for adjusting, coping, developing relationships, building healthy habits, and other skills depending on the individual.
Medication for Depression
Medication for depression is sometimes needed to alleviate intense symptoms and may include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), or other doctor-recommended prescription medications. Speak with a psychiatrist to determine which medication may be beneficial for you.
If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from depression, the first step to feeling better is scheduling a consultation with an experienced psychiatrist. The Psychiatry Group is known for providing high-quality psychiatric evaluations and depression treatment. Call 844-495-HELP(4357) today to schedule a consultation.
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