The word depression can encompass a wide variety of symptoms. But clinical depression is more than just feeling down or sad. To receive the diagnosis of clinical depression, a person’s distress complicates or impairs daily function.
Depression can be a treatable condition, and many sufferers see improvements when treated with medication, therapy or a combination of the two.
An actual clinical diagnosis must be made by a qualified medical provider or mental health provider or local psychiatrist. Depression looks different in each individual who suffers, but there are certain warning signs that may help you identify whether you or someone you love may benefit from an evaluation.
Warning Signs of Persistent Depression:
Depressed Mood – This represents a sad, empty, irritated, down or depressed mood that is experienced more days than not over a period of at least one year.
Changes in Appetite – Significant weight gain or loss when not attempting to do so or a marked disinterest in food or attempt to soothe feelings with food can be signs of depression.
Loss of Interest – This person shows a marked decrease in interest or pleasure in activities that once were enjoyable.
Sleep Distress or Chronic Fatigue – Depression can result in major disturbances in sleep ranging from insomnia to persistent sleepiness despite having had a full night’s sleep.
Increased Agitation or Difficulty Concentrating – Agitation or restlessness that affects the person’s daily routine or behavior can be a symptom of a depression disorder. The person may also recognize that they consistently struggle to think ‘clearly’.
Feelings of Worthlessness – Excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt and worthlessness may also be a symptom.
Fixation with Death or Suicide – Thoughts or talk of death that goes beyond a reasonable fear of dying or making plans or talking of suicide can indicate an issue of depression. (NOTE – please contact a professional immediately if you or your friend/family member has expressed suicidal thoughts).
What should you look for in a Psychiatrist?
When you suffer from any type of mental health issue, including depression or severe anxiety, you want to make sure you have the right team of health care providers and experts to help you in treatment and therapy. Treatment should be individualized, and it is important to work with your physician and therapist to determine the most effective options for treating and reducing your depression.
A psychiatrist is a doctor who can prescribe medicine and also offer therapy and other treatment options beneficial to those suffering from depression.
Therapists and psychiatrists use many different approaches to treatment, and many use a mix of different types of therapy. When you are asking for a referral or talking to a potential psychiatrist, ask about their approach to learn more about whether it is appropriate for you and your condition.
You also may want to make sure to connect with someone who specializes in your particular issue. For example, if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, you want to make certain that this provider specializes in addiction therapy.
The good news is that depression is treatable. If you or someone you love may be depressed, visiting an Abilene mental health professional can be helpful. Contact Eden Springs Behavioral Center at 325-754-8002 or click here.