What is Depression?
“For me, depression is not sadness. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure. Now, after seeking help, I can see that those thoughts, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong” – Kristen Bell
Characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Many people don’t understand the major depressive disorder, thinking it is just a low mood that a person should be able to pull themselves out of; unfortunately, that’s not the case. Depression is a serious illness and requires time, understanding, and patience. Depression affects men and women of all ages, impacting the way they think, act, and feel. It can decrease an individual’s ability to function in everyday life, including difficulties in relationships both at work and at home.
What are the signs of depression?
We’ll often hear from someone with concern about their family member or friend, that they’ve noticed their loved one has been acting a little different, seems sad and tearful, or has stopped wanting to go out and do things. They call with concern that the family member is more irritable, seems to have lower self-esteem, or is just not acting like themselves. These are all common signs of depression, and good reason to reach out to a professional for help.
Depression symptoms may include:
Depression can look different between individuals. For instance some people with depression gain weight, while others lose a significant amount of weight; some people suffer from insomnia (not being able to sleep), while others are unable to wake up and get out of bed. In determining if an individual is suffering with depression we look for changes in their normal activities. Some common symptoms include:
• Low mood most of the day, nearly every day
• Diminished interest or pleasure in activities
• Significant weight change
• Changes in sleep patterns
• Lack of energy most days
• Feelings of worthlessness
• Diminished ability to think or concentrate
These are common symptoms of depression, however it is not an inclusive list. Depression is also known to have physical symptoms such as body pain, headaches, and stomach issues. If you or a loved on has been experiencing any of these symptoms for two weeks or longer, please reach out and get help. While depression can be a debilitating condition, there is help available.
Finding the cause of depression
Many people experience sadness, grief, or an occasional low mood; these are normal human emotions. Grief and sadness tend to be fluid emotions that are caused by a specific event. Depression is a persistent low mood and the “cause” can be difficult to pinpoint
Our Depression Treatment Process
Your first step is to call us to schedule your initial appointment.
Your initial evaluation session provides an opportunity for you to build rapport with the psychiatrist/therapist and provide them with some background about yourself and the reasons you are seeking Depression Treatment. In addition to seeing if you will be a good candidate for Depression Treatment, they will be able to answer your questions regarding services, confidentiality, and what to expect in treatment. With your best interests in mind, you will decide together what kind of treatment will benefit you the most.
At the end of your first session, if you decide to move forward and work with that psychiatrist, you will be asked to schedule further appointments. At your second appointment, you will work with your therapist to set goals for your overall mental health experience and then begin working together towards achieving them.
At Dr. Ditzell Psychiatry our patients have and always will be our number one priority; we take their health and well being very seriously and are pleased to be able to offer Adult ADHD treatment in a manner like no other practice we’ve come across.
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