Depressive disorder is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding and medical care. Fortunately, with diagnosis and a treatment plan many people can and do get better. Psychotherapy (or talk therapy) has an excellent track record of helping people with depressive disorder, and a good relationship with a therapist can improve outcomes.
Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the US and for some people, can result in impairments that limit their ability to carry out major life activities. An estimated 16 million American adults—almost 7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
Sadly, many depressed people never get help, and some still think depression is something that can be overcome without treatment, and this leads to needless suffering. Symptoms can vary, but changes in sleep, appetite, concentration, a loss of energy or concentration, sense of hopelessness, physical aches and pains or suicidal thoughts may indicate depression, especially if the person’s day-to-day functioning has changed and if the symptoms have gone on for more than 2 weeks.
Children, like adults also suffer from depression, and respond well to treatment. Some symptoms may include frequent tearfulness, complaints of physical illnesses, school issues, changes in eating/sleeping patterns and talk or efforts to run away from home. Depressed adolescents may abuse alcohol or other drugs as a way to feel better. As with adults, child depression is treatable and early diagnosis and treatment are essential.
Treatments and River City Clinic Staff Expertise
The good news is that depressive disorder often responds to treatment. Once evaluated, the treatment plan can include psychotherapy, medications, exercise, light therapy or a combination of these and other therapies. Our staff of trained Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, and Professional Clinical Counselors use a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, family-focused, and interpersonal therapy. Many of our professional staff use an integrated combination of therapies to treat depression, and can collaborate with a medical specialist if medications are recommended.
You’re not alone, and there’s cause for hope! Contact us to schedule an appointment for depression diagnosis and treatment.