Depression

Depression

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

 

Depression is a severe mood disorder that affects your behavior, thought process, and mental and physical health. Prolonged sorrow or extended grief combined with persistent feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and despair are all underlying indicators of depressive disorder.

 

The signs and symptoms indicative of depression vary individually; however, they have the same undertone in all cases: an overburdened mental state that snowballs out of control affecting the patient’s life. Certain specific circumstances can trigger episodes of depression, such as childbirth may lead to postpartum depression, or season change can cause the seasonal affective disorder. Poor mental health goes hand in hand with poor physical health having, a causal relationship.

 

When should I seek help for depression?

 

Depression affects people in different ways, but some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sorrow

  • Negative attitude

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Loss of interest in activities

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Unexplained appetite and weight changes

  • Overbearing feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness

  • Misplaced feelings of guilt

  • Insomnia or dramatic changes in sleep patterns

 

If you experience these symptoms for two weeks or longer, or your symptoms begin to interfere with your job, relationships, or physical health, choose our mental wellness services by scheduling an evaluation at Elevate medical.

 

Without proper treatment, depression can become severe enough to cause thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide.

How is depression treated?

The diagnostic process of mental health disorders involves a doctor conducting a physical examination, interview, and lab tests to rule out possible physical conditions such as thyroid disorders that tend to mimic symptoms of depression. Once diagnosed with depression, there are numerous methods to address the mental health issue, such as antidepressant medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.

 

Elevate medical takes an integrative approach to diagnosing and treat depression. We tailor a treatment plan based on your unique needs and life circumstances, which may include:

Psychotherapy

Elevate medical offers a judgment-free safe space for patients to uncover underlying triggers to their depressive episodes, such as past trauma or abuse. Psychotherapy enables patients to identify their triggers by holding a dialogue with our professional mental health experts.

Medications

If you can’t find relief from persistent sadness and other symptoms of depression, Elevate medical may recommend medications. Antidepressants help boost your mood, increase your energy and appetite, and relieve intrusive thoughts.

The team doesn’t offer medications if not necessary. If you benefit from the medicine, your provider works closely with you to find the right type and dosage while avoiding poly-pharmacy. They also help you safely taper your medications over time when you’re in a better place. 

Lifestyle changes

Elevate medical may also recommend exercises and diet changes that support your overall health and stimulate your body’s ability to regulate moods. They can also provide resources for mindful practices like yoga and meditation to relieve stress and bring a sense of peace into your life.

 

It is important to remember that you aren’t alone in your journey to rid yourself of feelings of sadness or worthlessness. You can find compassionate care for your depression by choosing our unparalleled mental health services by requesting an appointment online today.