Treatment Plans to Manage Depression Disorders in Adults
Talking about depression isn’t always easy. Sometimes people try hiding their symptoms because they feel ashamed or don’t want their family to worry. It’s important to know that depression is a common, yet serious mental health condition that only gets worse if ignored. If you feel depressed or have a loved one experiencing symptoms of depression, it’s important to seek the help of a trained professional immediately.
A Caring Approach to Managing and Treating Your Depression
The psychiatric specialists at West End Consultation Group take a caring and comprehensive approach to treating depression. We start with a thorough assessment to determine an accurate diagnosis of your depressive disorder. Then, create a treatment plan that helps manage your symptoms with as few medications as possible.
Our clinic provides depression treatment in Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. Find out what to expect at your initial consultation, then schedule an appointment to begin your journey towards wellness.
What Are Common Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder?
Major depressive disorder (MDD), also known as depression, is characterized by overwhelming or persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness and a loss of interest or pleasure in day-to-day activities. The symptoms last anywhere from a few weeks to a several months or longer and may occur only once or several times during a person’s life. Additional symptoms of depression vary depending on the individual but can include:
- Changes in activity level
- Insomnia or sleeping more than usual
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Concentration issues and slowed thinking
- Memory issues
- Headaches and other physical issues
- Suicidal thoughts (warning signs include self-harm, dangerous or reckless behavior, giving away personal items, and talking about feeling trapped or wanting to die or “disappear”) *
Are There Different Types of Depression?
Depressive disorders are mental health conditions that can take several different forms and impact not only the mind but also the body. Adult depressive disorders include major depressive disorder, dysthymia, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and many others. The symptoms vary widely based on the individual and should always be assessed by a psychiatric professional to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Chronic or often referred to as ‘clinical depression’ where symptoms last longer than two weeks.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): A form of major depression that occurs only during specific seasons.
- Dysthymia/Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD): A chronic form of depression where symptoms are often experienced with less intensity for two years or longer.
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): A disorder thatcauses serious depression, irritability, feelings of hopelessness, and tension prior to menstruation.
- Atypical Depression: A type of depression that doesn’t follow what is considered ‘typical’ presentation of depression and is generally depressive episodes pair with symptoms such as overeating.
- Bipolar Disorder: A mood disorder with elevated mood know as mania paired with episodes of major depression.