When Should You See a Doctor for Depression?

The sad truth about depression is that it is a physical and psychological condition that often includes an unwillingness or disinterest in getting better. The deeper a person falls into depression, the less likely she is to get help. Depressed people often believe they will never feel better, or that they do not deserve to feel better. Some feel ashamed of their depression, while others deny it and blame other circumstances for their symptoms. The sooner depression is diagnosed and treated, the greater the chances are for recovery. If you or a loved one is waiting to feel like getting help, that day may never come, so seek help when you notice a problem.

Symptoms of Depression

Many people mistakenly believe that depression consists of constant sadness. This is not necessarily true, because, while some depressed people experience profound and unmanageable sadness, it is only one possible symptom. The following symptoms may all form in depressed people:

  • Emotional numbness (the inability to feel pleasure, sadness and etc.)
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Apathy
  • Frequent crying
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Sexual dysfunction or ambivalence
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Loss of interest in previously important relationships or activities
  • Reckless behavior
  • Cutting or other acts of self-harm
  • Compulsive behaviors related to gambling, sex, spending money and etc.
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

These symptoms often start mildly and become more pronounced over time. However, sometimes they come on suddenly, as from grief or anxiety. If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, then the time to seek help is now.

Treatment for Depression

Depression is a complicated physiological and psychological disorder. It can be corrected through counseling and coaching, while other patients may need medical treatment. No two individuals are alike, so no two depression treatment plans should be either. Effective depression treatment usually involves the following elements:

  • A thorough diagnosis of the patient’s mental and physical health
  • An exploration of the patient’s family history of depression and mental health
  • Individual counseling of various types
  • Support group sessions
  • Medical treatment if necessary
  • Coping skill development
  • Education
  • Helping others in their recovery

Recovery can occur in an outpatient format, while other individuals need full-time care from residential treatment. Only a doctor can help you determine the best treatment for your depression.

24 Hour Help for Depression

Whether you or your loved one suffers from clinical depression, call us for help. Many people accept the stigmas related to mental health issues, so they avoid help when it could be the most beneficial option. If you have any questions about depression or treatment, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now. Whether you are concerned about your own emotional health, or the health of a loved one, our admissions coordinators can help.

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