Depression afflicts more than 16 million adults in the U.S., and it’s the leading cause of disability for Americans aged 15 to 44. If excessive sadness interferes with your work and personal life, you can get help from one of the highly skilled therapists at Thriving Center of Psychology. Take the first step by scheduling your appointment online or calling the clinic directly.

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Depression Q & A

Why do I have depression?

If you’ve been feeling chronic sadness and disinterest in the activities you otherwise enjoy, you could be suffering from depression. A bout of depression can last weeks, months, or even more than a year. Your depression likely has one or more causes:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy and childbirth (postpartum depression)
  • Limited sunlight during winter (seasonal affective disorder)
  • Stress-related to work or a relationship
  • Unsettling hallucinations or delusions (psychosis)
  • Chemical or hormonal imbalances, as with bipolar disorder
  • Family history

What are the symptoms of depression?

Although unnoticeable at first, the signs and symptoms of depression vary widely from day to day. When you’re depressed, you might experience:

  • Problems falling or staying asleep
  • Fluctuations in appetite
  • Restlessness or trouble sitting still
  • Persistent pessimism or feelings of hopelessness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Feeling numb or empty inside

Depression doesn’t just have mental effects. It can cause mild to severe physical problems, such as chronic pain, headaches, and digestive issues. If depression goes untreated, the sufferer can start to experience suicidal thoughts. In these severe cases, emergency medical attention is crucial.

The caring mental health providers at Thriving Center of Psychology are there to listen and provide assistance. It’s essential to seek help if you have any symptoms of depression that worsen or continue for several weeks.

How is depression treated?

Your licensed therapist can aid in your depression treatment by using techniques to stabilize your brain chemistry and equip you with the proper coping methods. Your depression management plan may include one or more of the following:

  • Group or couples therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Online video appointment (TeleTherapy)
  • Talk therapy (psychotherapy)

Thriving Center of Psychology offers many innovative treatment options to combat your depression. You’ll find a dedicated and caring mental health professional who can help you find the best solution for your depression recovery.

Don’t let depression keep you from living your best life. Before struggling with depression another day, get in touch with a dedicated practitioner at Thriving Center of Psychology. You can schedule your TeleTherapy or in-person evaluation by visiting the website or calling the offices.