Depression Treatment in Concord, NC—Therapists and Counselors
Brothers. Sister. Moms. Dads. Daughters. Sons. Grandparents. Partners. Husbands. Wives. Aunts. Uncles. Friends. Bosses. Employees. Co-workers. Depression can strike anyone at any age. It is an equal opportunity mental illness. Depression may look like an 11-year-old who makes straight A’s but will not touch his lunch. Depression can look like college athlete who may be putting in hours at the gym this week, but next week, she may not get out of bed. Depression can look like a middle age man who is going through the motions—wake up, work, errands, home, family, wake up, repeat. Depression is an illness that can be found in each religion, race, gender, age, and socio-economic status. It can take many different forms, but it can also be treated. More and more, people are speaking out about their depression and reaching out for help. Mental health professionals are often helping people with depression find the treatment and therapy they need.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Depression is a horrible illness, and the therapists at Thriveworks Concord have helped many people stare it in the face and find the healing they deserve. Just as other diseases often require medical intervention, so healing from depression may require the guidance of a mental health professional. That is why Thriveworks Concord offers therapy for depression. We know healing is a tough journey, but we have walked that journey with many people.
What Is Depression?
Depression is a disease that can take many forms. Even though it is often spoken about as an singular disease, depression is actually many different kind of illnesses. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) gives criteria for diagnosing many different disorders that fall under the category of depression. Here are only six of those disorders:
1) Major Depressive Disorder occurs when people experience five of the following signs on more days than not, for most of the day, and for two continuous weeks:
- Feelings of intense hopelessness, sadness, emptiness, despair.
- Substantial weight loss or gain.
- Lost pleasure in everyday activities.
- Appetite changes.
- Disrupted sleep patterns (hypersomnia or insomnia).
- Loss of energy/fatigue.
- Changes in levels of activity.
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or self-hatred.
- Thoughts of suicide and/or death.
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking.
Major Depressive Disorder is what people often call depression. It can last for months or years. It can also transform into other types of depression. Treatment may shorten Major Depressive Disorder’s severity and longevity.
2) Minor Depression—Whereas five of the previous signs must be present to diagnose Major Depressive Disorder, two signs must be present to diagnose Minor Depression. One of which must be either difficult emotions (hopelessness, emptiness, sadness, despair) or lost interest in daily activities.
3) Persistent Depressive Disorder is also called dysthymia or chronic depression. Its symptoms differ from Major Depressive disorder, so it can occur congruently with it. As its name suggests, the symptoms for Persistent Depressive Disorder last for a longer time—at least two years. These symptoms include:
- Mild anxiety
- Lack of motivation
- Negative self-talk
- Automatic expectation of failure
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Impaired concentration
- Loss or gain in weight of 5 percent or more within a month
- Unstable mood
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
4) Substance/Medication Induced Depressive Disorder is a form of depression that can develop when alcohol or drugs are used to self-medicate. Any substance can be used as a distraction from emotional and psychological pain, and often, this self-medication produces a short-term lift but a long-term let-down. That let-down can develop into depression—Substance Induced Depressive Disorder. This form of depression is closely linked to the trauma and pain that drove people to self-medicate. Psychotherapy and 12-Step programs are often important for healing and recovery from this form of depression.
5) Adjustment Disorder may develop during times of great stress and change. Divorce, relocation, unemployment, and illness are just a few of the circumstances that can trigger Adjustment Disorder. Its symptoms include the same symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder, but often those with Adjustment Disorder experience anxiety, disruptions in sleeping/eating, or sadness that is less severe. However, Adjustment Disorder can be chronic or acute. Chronic persists after the stress or change has passed. Acute often dissipates after the adjustment has been resolved.
6) Bipolar Disorder involves dramatic mood swings that cycle people between a manic state and a depressive state. That is why it is sometimes called Manic Depression. The depressive state shares the symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. The manic state’s symptoms include:
- Decreased need for sleep
- Increased self-esteem
- Racing thoughts
- Psychomotor agitation
- Easily angered
- Increased goal-directed activities
- Engaging in risky, pleasurable activities
Scheduling Therapy at Thriveworks Concord
If you are struggling with any of the signs and symptoms listed above, consider reaching out for help. Depression, in any more, is a horrible illness, but help is available. When you contact our office, you may be meeting with a therapist the following day. We offer evening and weekend sessions, and we work with many different insurance companies so that we can accept many different insurance plans. Let’s fight depression together. Call Thriveworks Concord today.