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Depressive Disorder & Treatment

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Are you feeling tired and run-down?

Do you "put on a happy face" to hide feelings of sadness?

Do you often feel that life is not worth living?

You might be clinically depressed.

If you or a loved one suffers with depression, relief can be obtained with talk therapy, medication, and other treatments and interventions.

Please contact Montgomery Psychiatry & Associates for more information.

What is Depression?

Depression is a common but serious illness.

Everyone feels “sad” or “blue” at times, but severe depression can wreak havoc in lives causing dark, shadowy feelings that can last for weeks, months, or even years.

In laymen’s terms, “Depression is a state of low mood that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings, and sense of well-being.” [2]

Most who suffer from severe depression, or depressive episodes, need help in order to find relief and experience recovery.

According to a survey by the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics: [3]

"Nearly 90% of persons with severe depressive symptoms reported difficulty with work, home, or social activities related to their symptoms."

Who is Affected by Depression?

Severe depression affects many people and prevents them from living happy, productive lives.

According to the aforementioned CDC/National Center for Health Statistics survey:[3]

"Just over one-third (35.3%) of persons with severe depressive symptoms reported having seen a mental health professional in the past year."

Unfortunately, it is projected that as much as 65 percent of people suffering from debilitating depression do not seek adequate treatment. [4]

If you or a loved one is experiencing devastating bouts of depression, you can take heart that the condition can be overcome through depression treatment provided by a licensed mental health professional.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

Those who suffer from depression can experience a variety of symptoms that affect one’s mood, perceptions, and/or physical well being.

Typical symptoms of depression include:[5]

  • Persistent sad or anxious feelings
  • Feelings of despair and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Loss of interest, enthusiasm, or concern
  • Chronic low energy and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Sleep problems, including insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches, pains, or digestive problems

Finding Your ‘Key’ through Depression Therapy

Depression affects people differently.

This is due to varying outlooks on life and what is viewed as depressing, but it also is due to the presence of any number of underlying issues that act as anchors to the depressive state. Therefore, there is no set depression treatment formula since what may help one person may not help another.

Sessions with a Licensed Professional Counselor might be an effective treatment for some patients, whereas antidepressant medication therapy may work better for others. In many instances, it is a combination of both.

Depression therapists and psychologists custom design treatments for depression that specifically address individual patient needs. A large part of any depression treatment, however, is to identify the underlying issues causing the depression symptoms.

These issues must be addressed first and the greater the severity of the depressive state, the more work will need to be done.

Gain Relief through Depression Treatment

Treatment for depression, including therapy, medication and lifestyle changes helps patients to gain relief from the dark and devastating impact of their depressive state.

They will not only experience fast relief, but they will also be able to function normally once again due to the weeding out of the issues that lurk beneath the surface and feed the depressive disorders.

Life will once again be enjoyable as emotional, mental and physical freedoms are restored through depression treatment.

A better understanding of why the depression was activated will also help to keep it under control in the future by recognizing and addressing key issues which trigger the disorder.

For more information about the different types of Depressive Disorders, and their diagnoses and treatments, please contact Montgomery Psychiatry & Associates.


Footnote(s):
  1. Image Credit: Photograph by Kay Brummal titled “Blue”. Kay is an exhibiting artist at SAC’s Gallery, a non-profit art gallery located in Montgomery, Alabama. Website link Website link » []
  2. Source: "Depression - A Living Hell" by Anupreet Kaur. Writm.com []
  3. Source: "Depression in the U.S. Household Population, 2009-2012", National Center for Health Statistics. Website link [][]
  4. Source: "Most People With Depression Aren't Getting Treatment, Survey Finds", TIME.com article. Website link []
  5. Source: "Depression: What You Need to Know", U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (2015). Depression (NIH Publication No. 15-3561). Website link []
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