If you suffer from depression, you are not alone.
If you feel lost and hopeless because of a mental imbalance, you are not alone. Depression is one of the most common psychiatric illnesses in the world, affecting 1 in 10 people.
Compassion Mental Health is a place for hope and healing for patients struggling with treatment-resistant depression. We utilize evidence-based and cutting-edge treatments. By incorporating various approaches, treatment can be customized for each individual to help ensure recovery.
Depression or Major Depressive Disorder is a serious mental illness that causes feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest, and increased feelings of guilt or worthlessness that can span anywhere from weeks to years. Unlike normal feelings of sadness, major depressive disorder is persistent and usually interferes with one’s daily functions or ability to experience pleasure in life. It can result from a variety of causes including trauma, stress, environmental factors, chemical imbalance within the brain, or a genetic predisposition to developing the condition.
There are a variety of treatments used to alleviate depressive symptoms from medication to therapy to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Every individual reacts differently to different treatments, so it may take several tries to figure out the course of action that’s right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although depression is a common mental health disorder, it’s important to seek out treatment immediately. The illness not only causes a host of negative symptoms that can worsen over time, but can also prompt suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control reports that depression can adversely affect the long-term outcomes of chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
If you seek psychiatric care for depression, then your doctor will complete a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to come to a definitive diagnosis. If he or she concludes that you are experiencing depressive symptoms, then they may start you on a treatment plan involving counseling to talk out your issues with a licensed therapist, antidepressant medication to alleviate and treat depressive symptoms, or a mix of both.
Your doctor will teach you about your condition, provide early diagnosis and specialized treatment, and help you to identify stressors, potential risk factors, and underlying contributory factors such as genetics and social issues that may be adding to your depression. You could be referred to a psychotherapist or mental health counselor, although most treatments involve some combination of the two.
Along with taking prescribed medication, you’ll need to continue visiting your doctor and therapist for regular checkups. Between visits, your doctor might recommend that you engage in more exercise, get more sunlight, practice meditation, or reduce potential psychosocial stressors or precipitating factors. These changes would promote a quicker and more successful recovery.
If you want to learn more about clinical depression and other common psychiatric conditions, then please call today or visit our facilities to arrange a confidential mental health consultation.
If you have any additional questions on depression please request to speak with a clinician.