Depression Treatment

Depression treatment often includes medication, therapy, or a combination of both medication and therapy. On the therapy side, cognitive behavioral therapy is a common modality that has proven effective at identifying and managing the factors that contribute to depression. This type of therapy is a collaborative effort, where both a patient and a doctor work together to identify triggers and learn coping techniques.

Another effective treatment option for depression is medication. While medications are not depression “cures,” they can be used to manage the symptoms of depression. Talk to your doctor about what type of medication(s) might be right for you!

In addition to these forms of treatments, there are natural treatments that may be used under the supervision of your doctor. Such treatments include regular meditation, daily or regular exercise, eating regular meals, drinking plenty of water during the day, spending time with family, friends, and loved ones, and setting realistic expectations for one’s mood to improve gradually — rather than overnight. It is important to note that some people respond to treatment immediately, while others may take weeks, months, or even years to see full treatment benefits. We always recommend working with your doctor consistently to find the depression treatment that works best for you.

As you consider your options for depression treatment, we hope you consider speaking with the professionals at Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare, PLLC. At Carolina Partners, we understand that feeling lonely, sad, and/or anxious from time-to-time is a common, normal reaction to difficult times in life. However, we also understand that there may come a time when it’s helpful and important to seek professional help. Please consider reaching out to our office if you suffer from the symptoms of depression for weeks at a time, or if those symptoms affect your ability to complete daily tasks. Most people who suffer from depression need counseling services from the care of a therapist, psychiatrist, and/or clinical psychologist to alleviate symptoms and feel better. It is important to know that being diagnosed with depression does not signify weakness and is not a character flaw.

While sadness can be a symptom of depression, not all who have depression will feel sad. If you answer “yes” to experiencing one or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks at a time, or if any of these symptoms are impacting your ability to handle and perform daily tasks, then it may be the right time to speak with your doctor and consider depression treatment.

  • Do you regularly feel sad, anxious, or “empty”?
  • Are you less excited about people, events, and activities?
  • Do you regularly feel worthless or hopeless?
  • Do you often feel fatigued?
  • Do you have a difficult time concentrating on tasks or making decisions?
  • Do you have a difficult time falling asleep at night, staying asleep throughout the night, or waking up in the morning?
  • Have you seen any big changes in your appetite or weight?
  • Have you thought about death or suicide?
  • Do you regularly feel restless, jumpy, or irritable?
  • Are there any other physical symptoms impacting your day-to-day life?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, speak with your doctor and consider reaching out to Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare PLLC. Our mental health team includes depression therapists, psychiatrists, and clinical psychologists. Plus, our professional associates have experience dealing with virtually every mental health care issue. Areas we treat include, but are not limited to: depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anger management, anxiety disorders, bipolar / mood disorders, cognitive disorder, dementia, developmental disabilities, dissociative disorder, domestic / child abuse, eating disorders, family therapy, gambling, grief / loss, LGBTQ affirmative therapy, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD / trauma, personality disorders, postpartum depression, relationship conflict / divorce, schizophrenia, self-harm, sleep disorders, and substance use / abuse disorder.

 

Even if you are unsure as to whether or not you need a therapist, or which type of therapy will benefit you most, our team can help. To ask questions about any of our services, please reach out to our office at 919-929-9610. In addition, feel free to search our specialists and find the best depression therapist for you here at our online portal. We looking forward to speaking with you soon!

References

Anxiety Disorders. (March 2016). In National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-what-you-need-to-know/index.shtml

Anxiety Disorders. In National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml.

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