Depression is known by a few names: clinical depression, major depressive disorder, and dysthymic disorder. All of these refer to the common mood disorder affecting millions across the nation. Studies suggest that women are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression as men.
While most are familiar with the term and associate it with sadness, there are many symptoms of depression to be aware of beyond feeling down or sad. Loss of interest in normal daily activities, including things one used to take joy in, is another sign. Sleeping and eating patterns being disrupted (either too much or too little), persistent feelings of guilt and shame, loss of sex drive, bodily pains, and lethargy can all also emerge in those experiencing depression.
How therapy can help
It is not unusual to go through periods of emotional sadness due to personal tragedy or massive change. When this persists without a clear explanation though, it may be time to speak with a professional. Therapies, including talk therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and pharmaceutical therapies, can all greatly improve the mood and quality of life for someone experiencing the symptoms of depression.
Unlike some other mental illnesses, over time, many will see a cessation of symptoms and a return to healthy lifestyle and perspective. Psychologists and psychiatrists can be an essential part of helping individuals work towards this improved state of mind by suggesting personalized medical and therapeutic interventions while under care.
Psychiatric treatment options
Both psychiatrists and psychologists are doctors trained to treat mental health disorders, but there are some differences. Psychiatrists are doctors who’ve completed medical school and can help patients with the pharmaceutical side of possible treatments. With depression specifically, there is a wider opportunity to utilize medications to alleviate the symptoms of depression. For those who are comfortable with using medicine to treat their symptoms, SSRI drugs like Prozac and Zoloft can be safe and conventional treatment options.
Psychologists are also doctors but focus on conducting talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other non-medical interventions. Both psychiatrists and psychologists can be essential parts of a treatment team for someone struggling with the symptoms of depression.
At Fayetteville Psych, we are dedicated to putting our patients and their treatments first. We employ expert psychologists and psychiatrists with experience in treating depression to create a customized and comfortable experience for all who visit–whether it’s their first foray into mental health treatment, or they are existing clients. For mental health professionals in Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina or Fayetteville trained to treat depression, call us at 910-323-1543.