Clinical Depression

Millions of people suffer from depression,but there is hope.
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What is Depression?

Depression is a common mental health condition affecting millions worldwide. There are many forms of depression that vary in severity depending on the patient.

People living with depression experience a significant change in their daily life, including school, work, or simply the ability to leave the house

The most common forms of depression include:

MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER (MDD): Also called clinical depression; characterized by a constantly depressed mood that significantly impairs a person’s life

PERSISTENT DEPRESSIVE DISORDER (PDD): Depression lasting at least two years

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (PPD): A depressive disorder affecting women after giving birth

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD): Depression experienced during the winter months

Symptoms of Depression

After receiving a diagnosis for clinical depression, regardless of the form, a licensed medical professional will implement a treatment plan based upon the patient’s past medical history and medication allergies, the symptoms a person is experiencing, and the severity of those symptoms

DEPRESSION AFFECTS ALL PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY AND SYMPTOMS RANGE FROM MILD TO SEVERE TO INCLUDE:

  • Feeling overly sad
  • Loss of interest in activities that usually bring joy
  • Changes in appetite (eating too much or not enough)
  • Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Decreased energy
  • Feeling worthless
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please reach out to a qualified mental health professional. There are many effective treatments for depression, and with the right help, you can feel better.

 

How is Depression treated?

TMS THERAPY: TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved procedure that can relieve Treatment-Resistant Depression using electromagnetic waves to stimulate parts of the brain that control mood.

Talk therapy: This is often the first line of treatment for depression. Talk therapy can help you understand your depression and develop coping mechanisms. You can start your journey to understanding your unique condition by speaking with a qualified professional today.

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT: Medication management is an ongoing process between patient and provider that helps find the right medication and dosage to treat your symptoms both safely and effectively

ESKETAMINE (SPRAVATO®): 
Esketamine (SPRAVATO®) is an FDA-approved nasal spray prescribed in conjunction with oral medication to help relieve symptoms of Treatment-Resistant Depression and Major Depressive Disorder.

TELEMEDICINE: Telemedicine appointments take place over our virtual video conferencing platform which allows you to connect with a BestMind provider from anywhere with internet connectio

Frequently Asked Questions

Depression is a common and treatable mental health condition that affects how we feel, think, and act. It can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. It can also make it difficult to enjoy activities we used to find pleasurable.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms for two weeks or more, you may be experiencing depression:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Changes in appetite (eating more or less than usual)
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Decreased energy
    Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can diagnose depression and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

Anxiety and depression are often co-occurring conditions, meaning that people with one condition are more likely to have the other. However, the exact relationship between anxiety and depression is not fully understood. It is possible that anxiety can trigger depression, or vice versa. It is also possible that the two conditions share a common cause.

Depression is a chronic condition, so it cannot be cured. However, with treatment, most people with depression can learn to manage their symptoms and live fulfilling lives.

There is no single cure for depression, but there are many effective treatment options available. The treatment plan that is right for you will depend on the severity of your depression and your individual needs.

 

Some common treatment options for depression include:

  • Therapy: Talk therapy can help you understand the root of your depression and develop coping mechanisms. There are many different types of therapy that can be helpful for depression, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT).
  • Medication and Management : Collaborative and ongoing treatment to find optimal medications and dosages. There are many different types of antidepressants that can be used to treat depression. These medications work by regulating brain chemicals.
  • Lifestyle changes: There are also some lifestyle changes that can help to manage depression, such as getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep.

There are many things you can do to feel better when you are struggling with depression. Here are a few tips:

  • Reach out for help. Talking to a friend, family member, therapist, or other mental health professional can help you to feel less alone and get the support you need.
  • Take care of yourself. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. These habits can help to improve your mood and energy levels.
  • Practice relaxation techniques. Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Find activities you enjoy. Engaging in activities that you find pleasurable can help to lift your spirits.
  • Be patient. It takes time to recover from depression. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately.

Your struggles may be a reflection of deeper concerns. Remember, you are not alone in this. Depression is a prevalent and manageable condition. With the right support and treatment, you can reclaim your well-being and embrace a fulfilling life.