Depression is characterized by consistent low mood and/or a loss of interest and enjoyment. Although we all experience these symptoms from time to time, when they persist for two weeks or longer we start considering a diagnosis of depression. Other symptoms associated with depression are changes in sleep, changes in appetite/weight, feelings of hopeless, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts about death and dying. If these symptoms are impacting your daily functioning, whether it be in your relationships or job, or are causing you significant distress, consider seeking professional help.
There are also different specifiers for depression depending on what symptoms are present and when they occur. Depression may follow a seasonal pattern (usually occurring in the winter months) and is also commonly experienced postpartum.
Given that depression is one of the most common mental health concerns, there is substantial research on what can be used to treat it. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered an evidence-based treatment, meaning research has shown it works for a number of issues, including depression. Medication is also an effective treatment option and there are several types of medication that can be used to treat depression. Most studies show that a combination of medication and therapy is the most effective treatment for depression.
Dendrinos Psychology provides CBT for depression. Call 612-470-4099 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.