Behind The Smile
Do you feel like you force a happy face when with friends and end up emotionally drained afterwards? Maybe you just want to be left alone but feel lonely all at the same time? Perhaps you want to ask for help but don’t want to burden your friends and family.
Depression can feel like an unwelcome visitor, slowly draining your energy, motivation, and happiness. You might find yourself wondering, “Why is this happening to me?” or “Am I ever going to feel better?”
Depression Can Manifest On Many Levels
It can be difficult when those around you do not seem to understand what you are going through. Your coworkers and family members may notice that you seem more irritable, disinterested or sad than usual, and you may be having trouble engaging with others or performing well at work.
You might also be experiencing physical symptoms such as low energy levels and slowed movements. Emotionally, you may be finding it hard to concentrate, struggling to complete tasks on time, and finding yourself ruminating on negative thoughts about yourself and how others perceive you.
You Are Not Alone
Millions of people worldwide struggle with depression, and it’s essential to recognize that it’s a real and treatable condition. It is important to recognize that depression is not a personal weakness or character flaw. Depression is as a result of a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.
It’s a medical condition that requires proper care and attention. You may be hesitant to seek help. Seeking help is a testament to your strength of character to live a better life. With the right Treatment Plan, we can build upon that strength and help you recover from depression so that you can go on to thrive in your life.
Depression Treatment Can Put You On The Path To A More Joyful And Fulfilling Life
Many people who avoid treatment wonder why not just let the depression run its course? If you are having the same thought, you are likely at the point where you could benefit from an assessment by a mental health professional. We can help with this.
What To Expect In A Typical Psychiatric Depression Evaluation And Ongoing Depression Treatment
We spend time getting to know you. We gather data from your past and present, your medical history, family history in order to do a thorough Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment. Lab testing may also be requested.
Once we arrive at potential diagnoses, we educate you on them, review treatment options and collaboratively create a Depression Treatment Plan tailored to your unique presentation. It’s important to be patient with the Treatment Plan. The Treatment Plan is tailored to you and your unique needs. Medications may take time to work, and therapy may require several sessions to see progress.
We Use A Multi Pronged Approach To Depression Treatment
This includes medication, natural supplements and psychotherapy.
- Depression counseling, has been proven to be an effective treatment for depression. Various studies and research have shown that engaging in talk therapy can significantly improve mood, reduce depressive symptoms, and enhance overall mental wellbeing. Here are some key findings that support the effectiveness of talk therapy in depression treatment:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a widely researched and well-established form of talk therapy that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. Numerous studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in treating depression, often resulting in lasting improvements (Hofmann, Asnaani, Vonk, Sawyer, & Fang, 2012). CBT helps individuals develop healthy coping strategies and promotes a more balanced outlook on life.
- Psychodynamic Therapy: This form of talk therapy focuses on exploring unconscious patterns and unresolved emotional conflicts from the past. Studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in treating depression, particularly when used in conjunction with other therapies (Driessen et al., 2015).
- Depression Medication. Antidepressant medications work by increasing Neurotransmitters that alleviate depression symptoms. Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that send signals between nerve cells. Some of the neurotransmitters that are commonly involved in depression include serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters help to alleviate depression symptoms and promote a sense of well-being.
Finding the right medication and dosage can take some time. It’s not uncommon for one to try a few different medications before finding one that works well for you. You will work closely with your Psychiatrist to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed.
What Can I Do On My Own To Help Overcome Depression Symptoms?
In addition to seeking professional help, there are several self-care strategies that can help manage symptoms of depression so that they are not as bad and do not last as long. These include having a daily routine, some form of exercise, eating nourishing foods, getting enough sleep, and continuing to engage in activities you enjoy especially when you don’t feel like it. And one of the most effective activities is to socialize with people who love, care and cherish you.
I’ve Never Been On Depression Medication And I Fear It May Change My Personality
This is a question that’s been posed by hundreds of my patients. Majority of people have a superficial understanding of how Psychiatric Depression Medication actually work Treatment is a collaborative process where we discuss what you’re experiencing with the medication.
Most people do very well and are able to live fuller lives and pursue their goals. Once you are on medication, we always periodically reassess the benefit and added value of the medication to your quality of life, and to see if it is something worth continuing long term.
You Are In Control: Shared Decision Making
Incorporating Shared Decision Making: Shared decision making is an important aspect of creating an effective treatment plan for depression. Shared decision making involves a collaborative approach to treatment, where we work together to create a plan that meets This approach empowers you by taking into account your values, concerns and opinions in tailoring your treatment plan.
With The Right Depression Treatment, You Can Thrive Again
Taking the first step towards wellness is the start of an inspiring and courageous journey towards growth, self-discovery, and fulfilling relationships. It’s a journey towards a bright future filled with hope, love, and faith, where you realize the potential that God has given you.
This journey may have its ups and downs, but with patience and small steps taken over time, you can reach a place of true wellness. Along the way, it’s important to celebrate your progress and recognize the small victories and milestones as motivation to keep moving forward. And remember, setbacks are a natural part of the journey and present an opportunity for growth, learning, and wellness.
Moreover, the journey to wellness is not only for yourself but for those around you. Your resolution to take control of your mental health will inspire those around you to take their own journey towards wholeness. So be the light that shines so bright that it leads others out of darkness.
Take the first step today, and embark on a journey towards a life full of energy, meaningful relationships, and the joy of realizing your potential. You can be in control and thrive despite depression. This journey towards wellness will not only transform your life but will be contagious to all those around you. Click on the Book now button to schedule a free 15- min consultation to see if we would be a good fit to walk this journey with you.
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