Overcoming depression is a lot like running a long-distance race. No one wakes up one day and completes their first marathon on their very first try. To run a marathon, you need a few things to get started:
- Endurance to keep going when things get tough
- Patience to learn from the mistakes you make
- Commitment to your schedule and to your goals
Much like running a long-distance race, overcoming depression requires endurance, patience, and commitment as well as a strong and determined will. While running requires you to exercise your body, treatment for depression requires you to exercise your brain.
And just as runners rely on coaches and support systems, so do people with depression rely on mental health providers. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and other licensed mental health professionals have the expertise and training required to help you achieve your mental wellness goals. Let our Thriveworks team members in Bend, OR help you get your life back on track.
What Are the Main Types of Depression?
The word “depression” is often used as a catchall phrase for a number of depressive disorders. The truth is, different forms of depression can impact our minds and bodies in different ways.
Some of the most common forms of depression include:
- Major depressive disorder (MDD): Marked by frequent and intense feelings of hopelessness and sadness, major depressive disorder can make it difficult to engage in tasks you once enjoyed. MDD can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, substance abuse, stress, and trauma.
- Persistent depressive disorder (PDD): PDD may not be as severe as MDD but can last much longer and impact your concentration, relationships, and drive. PDD can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, major life transitions, stress, and substance abuse.
- Postpartum depression (PPD): After childbirth, many women feel overly anxious, helpless, and lethargic. People with postpartum depression often have difficulties forming bonds with their child and may have thoughts of self-harm depending on the severity of their disorder. PPD may be caused by a hormonal imbalance or a history of depression.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): This disorder occurs in the autumn or winter months and can result in weight gain, isolation, and sadness. SAD is caused, at least in part, by the lack of sunlight during the colder months.
People can experience mood disorders in different ways. Some people have long-lasting mild symptoms while others have debilitating short-term symptoms. Others may lie somewhere in between. Whatever form of depression you’re experiencing, there’s help and hope out there. Call to schedule a session with us at Thriveworks in Bend, OR to start down a healthier path today.
What’s the Purpose of Depression Therapy?
Maybe you’re a painter, an athlete, or a musician. Perhaps you’re a teacher, a sales clerk, or a business executive. No matter who you are or what you do, your depression is only one part of you. It doesn’t have to define you or the life you want to live.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts work to provide the mental and emotional care you need to reduce your symptoms and move forward. Treating depression is often multifaceted; it may require medication in conjunction with therapy such as light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or psychoanalysis. Medication can help to reduce symptoms in the short term while therapy can teach you coping mechanisms to help you stave off depression symptoms in the long term.
No matter the process, therapy can be the first step toward relief. Your therapist will assess, diagnose, and treat your disorder as carefully and efficiently as possible. They may also provide prevention tools that you can take with you as you continue your wellness journey. Schedule an appointment with us at Thriveworks in Bend, OR to get started.
Schedule a Depression Therapy Session With Thriveworks in Bend, OR
Everyone begins by getting up and taking that first crucial step. When you’re ready to take your first step toward mental and emotional wellness, we’re here to help you do it.
Our Thriveworks care providers provide weekday as well as weekend and evening appointments to accommodate those with busy work schedules. Should you need to speak with your provider between sessions, you’ll have access to their email and phone number.
Online therapy over video or by phone is available, and you can find online videos, message boards, and life coaching Q&A services on our website. We accept different insurance plans, offer a flexible cancellation policy, and new clients can often be seen in as little as 24-48 hours.
Call us to set up an appointment today at Thriveworks in Bend, OR. You don’t have to wait another day to begin your wellness journey.