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Treating Depression


Nearly 30% of adults have or will be diagnosed with depression. Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that causes a persistent feeling of sadness, emptiness or loss of interest in enjoyable activities for extended periods of time. Depression can affect how you sleep, eat, think and act. 

However, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness are symptoms of depression which are treatable. You don't have to suffer. Seeking out medical help early is essential to prevent progressing to more severe and potential dangerous symptoms, like suicide. 

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Types of Depression

Depression can manifest itself in people differently. To be sure your treatment is appropriate, proper diagnosis for your type of depression is important to ensure proper care.

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

Characterized by many days of feeling mildly or moderately depressed while still having brief periods of normal moods.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Whether a single episode or recurring, MDD is characterized by severe and persistent symptoms lasting up to 6 months.

Treatment-Resistant Depression

While not an exact definition, you might fall into this category if several types of treatment are tried yet depression remains.

Other Subtypes of Depression

These include disorders like SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or Postpartum depression which occurs after childbirth.

Depression: Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of depression can vary from mild to severe and can appear differently in each person.  Here are 10 common depression symptoms to watch for:


Diagnosing Depression

After ruling out any other underlying physical health problems with a physical exam and lab tests, your general physician may refer you to a mental health clinic for further psychiatric evaluation. The evaluation will provide mental health professionals with a better picture of your symptoms, your medical and mental health history and other factors to recommend the best treatment options for you.

Your mental health professional may use the criteria for depression listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association.

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Treatment Options for Depression

A combination of medications and psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) are usually effective for most people diagnosed with depression. More severe types of depression may require a hospital stay or other outpatient support. In some cases, some complementary treatments might also be recommended like hypnosis, biofeedback, or acupuncture. When patients experience little to no relief from these recommended treatments, the patient might be a candidate for Oral Ketamine therapy. 
On rare occasions, typically in depressive patients also displaying psychosis, brain stimulation therapies like Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) might also be recommended. 

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