What is Depression

Depression is a mental health condition that can affect men and women of any age. Depression can cause intense feelings of sadness, diminished self worth, lack of interest in normal activities, and much more. Depression is a condition that can recur throughout an individual’s life, and without proper treatment it can dramatically affect an individual. Depressive episodes can last anywhere from a few days to a few years. A form of depression that includes periods of elation and high energy can indicate a bipolar diagnosis. This mental health disorder can be incredibly devastating to those that are affected as well as their loved ones. Seeking the assistance of therapists and clinicians who treat depressive disorders is highly recommended.

Adult Depression

How Depression Can Affect People

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression affects almost 16 million Americans. Unfortunately, it seems that depression affects women more often than their male counterparts. The NAMI also states that adults between the ages of 18-25 are more likely to suffer from depression. Depression can affect every individual in a different way. Here are some of the most common depression symptoms:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in appetite
  • Extreme changes in weight
  • Lack of concentration
  • Dramatic increase in fatigue
  • Lack of self worth
  • Decreased sexual motivation
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Increase in anger
  • Agitation
  • Body aches and pains

Many individuals that suffer from depression tend to focus on the emotional aspect of the disorder; sadness, anger, hopelessness, etc. Regardless of the physical and emotional symptoms, depression can change a person’s life in ways that are very telling.

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Depression Treatment Options

You do not have to learn how to deal with depression on your own. Help is available through Kentlands Psychotherapy. Those that are affected by depression are encouraged to seek professional depression treatment. Counseling and Psychotherapy for depression is the single most important treatment for depression, this is why is it listed here first. A Psychologist or other Psychotherapist can help you determine what other adjective interventions should be added to your treatment plan.

Here are the most common depression treatment options:

  • Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Support Groups
  • Social and Family Support
  • Alpha Stim
  • Medication Management with your Internist or Family Practice PCM or a Psychiatrist
  • Life-Style Changes: including dietary changes, alcohol abstinence/moderation, increased exercise, and improved sleep hygiene.

For More information on how our comprehensive approach to treating depression could be right for you, contact Dr. Elizabeth Carr (ext. 801) or Dr. Krista Beyer (ext. 803) at 240-252-3349.

Our office is in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We are a close drive for folks in North Potomac, Potomac, Poolesville, Clarksburg, and Rockville. Map the drive time from your house to our office and see for yourself!