- Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States.
- It causes severe symptoms that affect your thinking, feeling, and how you handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Therefore, it is very important to have an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Manifestation of Depression varies as some forms of depression are different:
- Persistent Depressive Disorder -PDD (also called Dysthymia) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years.
- Perinatal Depression: Women with perinatal depression experience full-blown major depression during pregnancy or after delivery (postpartum depression).
- Psychotic Depression: occurs when a person has severe depression and in addition have psychosis symptoms such as having delusions (false fixed beliefs) or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations).
- Seasonal affective disorder - is onset of depressive mood changes at the beginning of Winter months. Also referred as Winter Depression, leads to social inhibitions, weight and sleep changes.
- Bipolar Depression - is different from Unipolar Major Depression Disorder. Person with bipolar depression experience extreme lows and highs in mood.
- Depression Secondary to Medical Illness - if ignored or neglected in many cases depression worsens the outcome of medical illness.
Depression is commonly seen in chronic illnesses such as:
- Coronary heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
It is extremely important to recognize and understand the type of Depression that is affecting you. Depression affects individuals in different ways. Our goal at Vital Psychiatry is to educate you about your diagnosis and provide you with personalized treatment.
Depression has many symptoms and it is not limited to feeling sad. A person suffering from Depression may experience any, all or most of following:
- Persistent sadness, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms
- Medications (Antidepressants)
- Psychotherapy- different type to therapies may help person with depression
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
- Problem-Solving Therapy (PST)
- Brain Stimulation Therapy (rTMS) - Trans Magnetic Stimulation.
After meeting with your doctor at Vital Psychiatry - your doctor will discuss the diagnosis and form a treatment plan with you.