Alice is known by her friends and family for her vivacious laugh and her larger-than-life personality. She considers herself close with the people in her life and enjoys work and the time she gets to spend with her partner. In the past, Alice has experienced long periods of feeling depressed, but they’ve come and gone. She always seemed to rebound–until her grandfather passed away this year.
Alice faced those same feelings of sadness and apathy that plagued her intermittently before, but it’s been several months since his passing and her mood has shown no signs of improvement. Her performance at work has been diminished, and her partner seems to be withdrawing from the relationship because of her inability to open up.
Alice is experiencing depression; her social life, health, and personal relationships all begin to deteriorate the longer she battles with this mental health disorder. If Alice’s story sounds familiar to you, you might be going through depression as well. If you are, be assured that you aren’t alone. Depression therapy can provide you with newfound relief from this emotional disorder, and the mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS are here to help.
Do I Need Depression Therapy?
Depression is an emotional disorder that can manifest in different ways depending on the person. Depression can be caused by things like breakups, the death of someone close, losing your job, or even chemical imbalances in the brain. Because of the complex nature of an emotional disorder like depression, it’s not a good idea, nor possible to diagnose yourself or anyone else with this condition. With that being said, depression generally has recognizable symptoms that warrant concern:
- Apathy towards close relationships, hobbies, or work
- Chronic fatigue or difficulty sleeping
- Overwhelming feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
- Inability or unwillingness to take care of oneself
- Weight loss
- Short temper
- Lack of sexual desire
Though these are some possible signs of depression, actual symptoms in those who are diagnosed may vary. It’s best to always consult a licensed mental health professional to be properly diagnosed for disorders like depression.
How you’ll be treated for depression if diagnosed, differs depending on the disorder’s severity. For some, connecting with one of our psychologists produces results that help treat the effects of depression successfully. This might include talk therapy or behavioral therapy. For others, psychiatric services are a better fit.
The psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS are specialists in treating emotional disorders like depression. Psychiatrists are a lot like other providers, but the difference is that they are medical doctors as well as being licensed mental health professionals. Using a unique combination of therapy and prescription medication as necessary, psychiatrists can assist clients with more persistent disorders enjoy newfound independence and quality of life.
The most common forms of depression that psychologists and psychiatrists treat are:
- Major depression: The classic form of depression that most of us think of. This disorder induces emotional detachment, sadness, hopelessness, and apathy. Those who suffer from it may become socially isolated, further exacerbating their condition.
- Bipolar disorder: Though it might seem surprising, bipolar disorder can induce depression through the mood swings that it causes. Those with bipolar disorder may feel extremely happy in one moment, and furious or dejected in the next.
- Minor depression: As the name implies, this is less severe than major depression but just as harmful. Because those with this disorder may go long periods of time without feeling depressed, identifying what’s triggering their sadness can be difficult for those with minor depression
- Postpartum depression: Postpartum depression affects women who’ve given birth; those who underwent caesarian sections or had a miscarriage are at higher risk. This disorder can onset immediately or months after childbirth.
Get Therapy For Your Depression at Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS
Fighting depression can be one of the most difficult things someone can go through. Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS doesn’t want you to go through this experience by yourself. By opening up to a therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist, you can get the stability and support you need to change the way depression is affecting your life.
We also provide those who enroll with us with unparalleled support and guidance. Some of the unique features we offer include:
- Access to Thriveworks life coaches 24/7 using our online chat option
- Exclusive video interviews
- A free digital copy of “Leaving Depression Behind” a highly useful tool for clients to understand the impact of depression
- Online therapy, which offers clients the ability to receive the same level of care from their home or office—anywhere that they have wifi and space for a private conversation
- Weekend and evening booking times to fit your schedule
We value your time commitment, too. That’s why 97% of our clients report that their sessions start at or before their scheduled time. At Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS, we want you to put your mental health first. We’ll be there every step of the way.