Depression can affect everyone and be detrimental to your daily routine. Mind Health Group is here to help.
What is Depression?
Depression is a chronic mood disorder that causes uncontrollable, persistent feelings of sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness. You may find it difficult to think clearly, make decisions, or get through each day. Clinical depression isn’t something you can get over or snap out of to feel better. For many people, long-term psychiatric care is necessary for managing depression. Depression can vary in severity, duration, and intensity, and it can interfere with a person's ability to function normally in daily life.
It is important to seek treatment for depression because it is a treatable condition. If left untreated, depression can worsen over time, leading to more severe symptoms and complications, such as substance abuse, social isolation, and suicide. Common treatments for depression typically involve a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes. It is important for individuals with depression to seek help from a mental health professional as soon as possible to get the proper diagnosis and treatment plan that works for them.
What Causes Depression?
Depression is a complex mental health disorder that can be caused by a variety of factors. Biological factors, such as genetics, hormonal imbalances, and changes in brain chemistry, can play a role in the development of depression. Life events, such as trauma, stress, and loss, can also trigger depression. Other contributing factors may include social isolation, chronic illness, and substance abuse. In some cases, hormonal changes, such as those during puberty, menopause, and pregnancy, may trigger depression. Additionally, certain medications and underlying medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders or vitamin deficiencies, can cause or worsen depression symptoms. It is important to recognize that depression is a multifaceted condition and may result from a combination of these factors, rather than a single cause.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression can impact people differently, causing a wide range of symptoms. You may experience physical symptoms of depression, such as back pain and headaches, or symptoms like:
- Chronic fatigue
- Reduced appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of interest in hobbies
For some, untreated depression can result in thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide. Seeking an evaluation for an accurate diagnosis and treatment can alleviate your symptoms and help you stay in control of your life.
Online Treatments for Depression
An online psychiatric evaluation is essential to diagnose and understand the patient's depression symptoms, causes, and potential underlying factors. From there, a treatment plan is developed.
Depression Medication Management
Medications commonly beneficial for depression treatment include antidepressants, which change the way your brain uses chemicals to balance your moods. It can take several tries to find the right medication type and dosage to alleviate symptoms and you may not experience the optimum benefits of depression medications for four weeks or more after starting your therapy.
Psychotherapy involves talking about environmental triggers that influence your depression, such as relationships, your job, or your financial situation. Our therapy division has trained therapists ready and willing to help.
Online psychological testing can be useful in determining the most effective treatment approach. Tests may include self-report questionnaires, neuropsychological testing, or diagnostic interviews. This information can help mental health professionals develop personalized treatment plans that address specific needs.