Depression: More than “Low Mood”
Everybody experiences transient states of low mood from time to time. Depression is different. People who suffer from depression experience a sustained change in perception, physiological changes, persistent low mood, and for some, changes in brain chemistry.
You should be assessed for depression if you experience consistent feelings of sadness, have lost interest in favorite hobbies or activities, have difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, low energy, anxiety, or feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
Untreated depression will tend to interfere with your ability to function professionally and maintain healthy relationships.
Evaluation and Diagnosis
Diagnosis requires a full assessment in order to determine if you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or other challenges.
Accurate diagnosis is a prerequisite to effective treatment. Get diagnosed by a psychiatrist with experience identifying and treating depression.
Effective Treatment for Depression
Fortunately, depression often responds well to treatment.
For many people, psychotherapy is effective in helping them recover from depression. Talk therapy is often a good option for people who want to avoid medication and is often a good point for starting treatment.
Working together, we may also consider other treatment approaches for depression, including medication and other forms of therapy.