DEPRESSION TREATMENT IN SAN DIEGO

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Depression Treatment in San Diego

Depression is a common mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of hopelessness and sadness. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a variant of depression and one of the most common mental health disorders affecting US adults. If you suspect you or someone in your life is suffering from depression, enrolling in a depression treatment center can help.

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Depression Treatment in San Diego

Depression is a common mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of hopelessness and sadness. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a variant of depression and one of the most common mental health disorders affecting US adults. If you suspect you or someone in your life is suffering from depression, enrolling in a depression treatment center and getting help for depression would do wonders.

Evidenced-Based Therapy

We utilize nothing but the very latest techniques.

Qualified Professionals

Our team of clinicians are licensed, experienced, and passionate.

Aftercare & Support

After you leave we make sure to keep up with your progress.

Insurance Accepted

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What is Depression?

Also called Clinical Depression, Major Depressive Disorder is more than just a bout of the blues. Those with the condition experience a range of emotional and physical problems that stunt productivity and increase apathy. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) also causes people to lose interest in activities that once sparked joy. A depressive spell can become bad enough that people begin to see their lives as so unfulfilled and worthless that they contemplate suicide. 

Unlike a normal lousy mood, you can’t just “snap out” of a depressive spell, you need help for depression. While many people contend with depression their whole lives, you can control the condition with medication or psychotherapy.

What Causes Depression?

Some people associate depression with chemical imbalance, but the disease is much more complicated. New research suggests that depression isn’t spurred merely by having too little or too much specific brain chemicals. 

In fact, there are millions – billions, even – of chemical reactions that are responsible for your mood, responses, and how you perceive life. With this level of complexity, you can see why two people might experience depression differently and react better to different forms of treatment. 

However, some risk factors do influence one’s susceptibility to depression.

Risk Factors Influencing Depression

Depression can affect anyone at any time—even people who appear to lead a peaceful, prosperous, and loving life.

Researchers have determined these factors can play a role in depression:

BIOCHEMISTRY:

 As discussed above, differences in certain brain chemicals and imbalances may enhance symptoms of depression.

GENETICS:

Depression and suicidal ideation can run in families. For example, if someone’s parent has major depressive disorder, their child has a 70 percent chance of experiencing the illness sometime in life.

PERSONALITY:

People who exhibit low self-esteem, are sent into a rage or overwhelmed by everyday stresses, or who have a pessimistic outlook on life appear to be more likely to be diagnosed with depression.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:

Environment can trigger a depressive episode. Continuous exposure to neglect, abuse, poverty, or tumultuous circumstances may make some people more vulnerable to depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Although depression could only occur once during your life, the condition is typically chronic. Most people have multiple episodes. During a period of depression, symptoms are persistent, lasting for long stretches of time and seeping into every hour of the day. They may include:

Feelings of tearfulness, emptiness, and unyielding sadness

Outbursts of anger, irritability, or frustration, often triggered by small matters

Loss of interest or joy in most or all pleasurable activities, such as sex, hobbies, or exercise

Concurrent sleep issues, including insomnia or sleeping too much

Tiredness and lack of energy, so pervasive small tasks take extra effort, and hygienic tasks are ignored

Reduced appetite and weight loss or engaging in emotional eating and weight gain

Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness

Slowed thinking, speaking, or body movements

Fixating on past failures to the point of obsession and feeling worthless

Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions, and remembering things

Suicidal ideation, attempts, or fixation on what the world would be like if you died

Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

For most people with MDD, symptoms become severe enough that they cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities. Work, school, social activities, and close relationships suffer. If an event didn’t trigger the episode, people might feel their misery is unwarranted and unexplained. They need help for depression.

Diagnosing Depression?

Depression is an all encompassing-disorder affecting a person’s thoughts, behavior, and body. Even if someone shows limited signs of behavioral symptoms, they may be hiding a deep and debilitating inner turmoil. Diagnosing depression is not as simple as submitting a blood test. 

If you suspect you or someone you love is suffering from depression, you must see a doctor. Though depression can manifest differently in every person, routine screenings from a trusted doctor can offer a conclusive diagnosis.

How is Depression Treated?

Treating depression is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Unfortunately, there are no quick-fix miracle cures, and what helps one patient cope could be entirely inappropriate for another patient. 

While depression disorders cannot be solved, medications and psychotherapy can address underlying causes, alleviate symptoms, and give the affected individual strategies to cope. 

The two giants of mental health treatment are:

Medications

There are four main categories of medications used to treat depression disorders: while antidepressants (SSRIs) are most common, anti-anxiety medications, antipsychotic medications, and mood-stabilizing medications can also offer relief – especially if a patient’s depression is occurring alongside another mental health disorder. Which prescription medication is best for your depression depends on the type and severity of symptoms you experience and any other chronic health issues you may have. Finding the right depression medication can be a long and disappointing process. However, once you find the perfect SSRI, your symptoms will be easier to manage, and your quality of life will improve.

Psychotherapy

Talk therapy gives you the space to discuss your feelings, thoughts, life, and obstacles with a qualified counselor. Many types of talk therapy can treat depression, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy. In typical circumstances, therapists will act as a sounding board and neutral mediator between the patient and the beast of depression. Therapy gives you a chance to understand how depression affects your life, identify triggers, and develop coping skills.

Join Our Depression Treatment Center in San Diego

If your depression seems insurmountable and is bleeding into every aspect of your life, the Mental Health Center of San Diego can help. Our depression track gives you all the benefits of medication and psychotherapy in a beautiful, supportive environment. When you trust our qualified, caring professionals, we help you take the first step toward a new fulfilling life.

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