Blake recently lost his mother to cancer, and readjusting to life without her seems impossible. Now that she’s gone, Blake has tried to re-connect with other family members to talk to them about their shared loss, but it seems like no one else seems willing to process things, either. Activities that he looked forward to have been all but ignored, and even his good days feel like a gray blur.
As the months drag on, Blake is starting to worry that he might be depressed. Even though he knows it’s normal to grieve for some time, he’s beginning to suspect that he’s showing symptoms of depression. But instead of trying to ignore the situation or struggle with his issues alone, Blake is looking to talk to a therapist or psychiatrist about depression therapy. He hopes that by partnering up with a provider, he can start to understand his mental health challenges; and that if he’s diagnosed with depression, a therapist or psychiatrist can help him treat his symptoms, too.
Like Blake, depression can creep up on many of us, overcoming our mental health when we least expect it. That’s why at Thriveworks, we offer you mental health professionals who understand depression, and can offer you personalized treatment to manage your symptoms. If your mental health is suffering, we invite you to discover the therapy experience that thousands of people across the country have come to expect from Thriveworks.
Am I Depressed? What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
Until you’re able to meet with a mental health professional that can properly diagnose you with a mental health condition, it’s better to avoid trying to self-diagnose. Depression can often have unique triggers for each person, and the ways that this condition manifests can vary, as well. With that being said, there are common signs that might indicate that you’re depressed, including:
- Overeating or avoiding eating
- Feeling chronically fatigued
- A noted lack of interest in sex, hobbies, or relationships
- Feeling distant from loved ones and friends
- Decreased work performance
- Lack of self-care (i.e. personal hygiene or a clean living environment)
- Abuse of drugs and alcohol to cope with emotional pain
When you sit down to talk to a mental health professional at Thriveworks in Pasadena, TX you’ll have the opportunity to explain how you’re feeling. Your provider will listen to you, and then use your feedback to help you better understand and manage your depression.
What Are My Treatment Options for Depression?
At Thriveworks in Pasadena, TX your treatment method will depend on the intensity and type of your depression. For more severe or persistent cases of depression, talking with a psychiatrist is often the best method. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who can prescribe medication to help clients cope with the effects of depression. For others with more manageable symptoms, establishing a therapy-based relationship with a therapist or psychologist is more beneficial.
Depression, as we commonly think of it, actually refers to a cluster of closely related emotional disorders, including:
- Major depressive disorder: This condition captures the popular perception of depression. Those with major depression experience emotional detachment and hopelessness. These factors usually take away from their work, relationships and hobbies.
- Postpartum depression: Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that arises after a woman gives birth. Women who undergo caesarian sections or experience a miscarriage are even more likely to experience this type of depression.
- Minor depression: As the name suggests, minor depression is related to major depression—it’s typically severe in its effect and duration. Still, those with this condition still will seem distant, withdrawn, or overwhelmed with sadness. Minor depression can be harder to detect.
- Bipolar disorder: This mental health condition can alter someone’s emotions wildly, ranging from elation in one moment to overwhelming despair in the next. Those with bipolar disorder might find it hard to maintain close relationships or jobs due to their unpredictable mood swings.
Schedule a Session at Thriveworks in Pasadena, TX
Taking the initiative to reach out to a mental health professional can mean the difference between getting a head start on your depression, or ignoring the problem until it becomes worse. At Thriveworks in Pasadena, TX we’re ready to pair you with a mental health professional who can help you regain your independence and freedom. Call our office to get started and to put depression behind you.
When you pick up the phone, one of our scheduling specialists will be on the other line to assist. With their support, everything from setting up your insurance, to finding the right provider to help you treat your depression, is made easy. And if you choose to enroll with us, you’ll gain access to insider benefits, like weekend and evening session times, and same and next day availability.
If you want to explore the ways that one of our mental health professionals can assist you with your depression, call Thriveworks in Pasadena, TX today. You can thrive—we can help.