Depression Counseling – Therapists, Coaches and Counselors in Cumming, GA

“My Depression keeps coming back…Wait did it ever leave?”

What is Major Depression Disorder (MDD)?
Mental health information is very accessible these days. We are in the age of WebMD and Google. I am sure if I tell “Alexa” (Amazon Echo speaker) my symptoms she could tell me if I have depression or not. MDD has become pretty familiar to the masses. However, because we have become more familiar, it may cause us to overlook the pervasiveness and severity of this diagnosis. According to the DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental health Disorders) MDD symptoms include:

  1. Depressed mood or irritable most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful).
  2. Decreased interest or pleasure in most activities
  3. Significant weight change (5%) or change in appetite
  4. Change in sleep: Insomnia or hypersomnia
  5. Change in activity
  6. Fatigue or loss of energy
  7. Guilt/worthlessness: Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or more indecisiveness
  9. Thoughts of death or suicide, or self-harming

Major Depression disorder can be debilitating. It causes challenges in all parts of a person’s life including career, relationships, and physical wellbeing.

What is the treatment for MDD?

There is hope after a diagnosis of Major depression disorder. Mental health counseling in conjunction with medication management from a Psychiatrist can prove to be incredibly helpful. Pursuing treatment requires much effort but it’s worth it. Over time, clients notice their progress and episodes of severe depression symptoms seem to be a thing of the past.

Unfortunately, research has found that Major depressive disorder is highly recurrent. In a study completed in Rhode Island Psychiatric hospital; 318 patients were followed for 10 years and 2/3rds of the group had at least one recurrent episode of MDD. Solomon et al (2000) reports their research has found that the “risk of recurrence progressively decreased as the duration of recovery increased” (AM J Psychiatry 157:2 Feb 2000).

The research shows that continued time in “recovery”, including counseling, support groups and medication management; can be beneficial in the long run.

What to do when MDD reoccurs after previous treatment?

Now we know, getting out of a depressive episode successfully does not mean it won’t return overtime. So what to do now? Here are 4 steps to address MDD when it reoccurs.

  • Recognize your symptoms: Are you more tearful? Sleeping excessively? Thoughts of hopelessness? If you notice these symptoms, do not ignore them.
  • Ask for help: If you have stopped seeing your mental health professionals; plug back in. Reconnect with your therapist, set up an appointment with your psychiatrist. The mental health professionals in your life know depression occurs in cycles. Going back to therapy or increasing the frequency of therapy is not a failure, it is a part of good self-care.
  • Mindset check: This journey of recovery is a marathon not a sprint. Quick fixes aren’t your friend. Creating healthy patterns you can stick to, can help ground you when depression symptoms resurface.
  • Get support: Do not isolate, spend time with trusted friends, go to family functions, and socialize with coworkers. Look for support groups in your area. There are many MDD survivors supporting each other as they live life abundantly.

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Did you recognize some of the symptoms in this article? If so please consider reaching out for support. Thriveworks Cumming treats Recurrent MDD and has appointments available.

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