The psychologist Rollo May described depression as “the inability to construct a future.” Depression can originate from many sources: genes, neurochemistry, situations, etc. Both rich people and poor people can suffer from depression. Women with infertility issues can have depression, and women who just had babies can have depression. Depression doesn’t seem to discriminate. But what it does do across the board is interfere with one’s vision of the future. It can rob people of hope. It can make people feel as if there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. But depression is highly treatable and people recover from it all the time with the proper emotional support.
Depression counseling at Thriveworks in Spring, TX aims to diagnose, treat, and help prevent depression in a diverse population of clients. The fully licensed mental health providers at Thriveworks use their extensive training to support clients through compassionate, expert care. Each treatment plan is individualized to the client’s needs and goals.
What Are the Basic Signs of Having Depression?
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by psychiatrists to diagnose various depression disorders, the following symptoms can indicate major depressive disorder (MDD):
- A depressed mood (profound feelings of sadness and negativity) enduring longer than two weeks
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities (aka anhedonia)
- Changes in appetite, sometimes leading to unintentional weight loss or gain
- Psychomotor retardation (slowed-down movements and thoughts)
- Extreme fatigue
- Extreme feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Problems with concentration, attention, and/or memory
- Suicidality (if you’re ever considering harming yourself, call a crisis hotline immediately)
What Are the Long and Short Term Effects of Having Depression?
Untreated depression can lead to a number of undesirable effects both in the short and long term. People with depression might suffer from the following outcomes:
- Irritability, which depressed men experience more than women
- Substance abuse or addiction, which can be a sign that someone is having difficulty coping
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in libido (sex drive)
- Social isolation and avoidance
- Physical aches and pains
- Concurrent anxiety and depression
- Job loss
- Breakups and estrangements in intimate relationships
- Heart disease
- Compromised immune system
Depressive episodes can lead to consequences that may be difficult to reverse, for instance when someone can’t get out of bed in the morning and may be fired from their job as a result. Early and high-quality treatment of depression at Thriveworks in Spring, TX can help prevent these kinds of negative outcomes.
What’s the Best Way to Treat Major Depressive Disorder?
The best therapy for depression depends on the individual person and their responses. Some of the most effective ways to combat symptoms of depression include the following:
- Talk therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy, a type of CBT
- Supportive therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Holistic treatments like meditation and muscle relaxation
- Mindfulness therapy
- Family therapy or couples therapy
- Day to day lifestyle modifications addressing nutrition and exercise
- Psychosocial interventions
- Behavioral activation
- Antidepressant medications and other pharmaceuticals, prescribed by a Thriveworks psychiatrist
Treating depression can take place over weeks, months, or years, depending on the situation. Someone seeking an exceptional therapist at Thriveworks in Spring, TX after a significant loss in their family may not need as much treatment as someone who has had recurring bouts of depression for their entire life.
What Are the Kinds of Depression?
Different kinds of mood disorders might call for different treatment, so it’s important to differentiate between them accurately. Here are the forms of depression:
- Mild or major depression
- Manic depression (bipolar disorder)
- Postpartum depression (PPD) or perinatal depression (PND)
- Persistent depressive disorder (PDD) aka dysthymia
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Situational depression
- Psychotic depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
The SAD type of depression may require light therapy treatment, while the situational depression may require more psychosocial support.
Premium Depression Treatment at Thriveworks in Spring, TX
The depression counselors and other mental health providers at Thriveworks in Spring, TX specialize in giving people the resources they need to elevate their moods and get their lives back on track. If you’re seeking professional support for your depression, call Thriveworks today. A licensed provider may be able to meet with you as early as tomorrow.
Thriveworks mental health providers accept most major forms of health insurance coverage and offer competitive self-pay rates for people paying out of pocket. Thriveworks clients can choose between traditional, in-person counseling sessions and online counseling sessions taking place over secure, HIPAA compliant telehealth software. Both types of session are of premium quality. As an additional benefit, Thriveworks clients can access their depression counselor by phone or email between sessions.
Depression is a mental health condition, not a personal failing. Thriveworks can help reinforce your existing strengths and get your mood back on track. We look forward to hearing from you!