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Depressive disorders include major depressive disorder, dysthymia, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, bipolar disorder, and many others.


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 Twin Cities suburbs. Find out what to expect at your initial consultation, then schedule an appointment to begin your journey towards wellness.

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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:

  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • 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.

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common types of depressive disorders

  • 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.

Managing and Treating Adult Depression Disorders

Treating adult depressive disorders is unique to the individual and  includes a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, and/or lifestyle changes to help manage symptoms.  It is important to see a psychiatric provider who understands the nuances of treating depression. Depression is often present with other psychiatric conditions which impacts the choice of medications. For some individuals, therapy is a necessary component of depression treatment, that may be used in combination with psychiatric medications.
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Finding the Right Medication for Treating Depressive Disorder

When indicated, medications are an important aspect of treating depressive symptoms. The type of medication, dosage, potential side effects, alcohol use or substance abuse can impact how well medication works for an individual. For example. An incorrect dose may prevent the medication from working properly or cause adverse side effects. Each of these concerns will be carefully evaluated by the psychiatric provider.

It is important to discuss depression medication with your primary care provider and psychiatric professional to find the most effective solution for managing depressive symptoms. Never skip doses, adjust dosing, or abruptly stop taking medication as it poses a serious risk to your physical and mental health.

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Managing Depression with Psychotherapy and Lifestyle Changes

In some cases, medication alone cannot effectively manage depression symptoms. Psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, is an important part of the journey to mental wellness. These therapies help identify personal behavioral/thought patterns and how personal relationships or life changes may be contributing to depression. Finding ways to work through issues is a valuable approach to managing depressive symptoms. A personalized treatment plan may also include lifestyle recommendations about exercise, alcohol or substance abuse, and other factors that can impact mental wellness. Find out what to expect at your initial consultation

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Schedule a Depression Consultation with One of Our Psychiatric Specialists at our Minneapolis Clinic

View Angela Melland DNP, PMHNP 

Our psychiatric specialists  provide care in an empathetic, non-judgmental and warm manner, emphasizes a comprehensive assessment for an accurate diagnosis and precise treatment of various psychiatric illnesses, including Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (Adult ADHD or ADD), mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, attention disorders, insomnia, amongst other psychiatric conditions. Contact our psychiatric clinic today to schedule an appointment.

*If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you feel there is a more immediate danger, call 911.

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