Depression Treatment And Management

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Published on June 15th, 2021

Depression Treatment And Management

Depression is a condition that affects each area of a person’s life. It is a powerful mental health disorder that can impact people in many ways. People who suffer from depression will struggle with many different types of symptoms. Some people will struggle with mood swings, and others will struggle to feel anything at all.

The symptoms that come with depression are powerful. They can hold a person back from feeling happy or content with life. Depression can be experienced by people for a number of reasons. Some people suffer from chronic depression. Others experience the condition in reaction to stress. It is a condition that can be brought on by trauma and loss. It is also possible to feel depressed due to genetics.

Regardless of what brings about the depressed mood, it is important to know that there are treatment options available to you if you are struggling. A depressed mood can be challenging to manage or overcome, but it is not hopeless. With a commitment to treatment, a person can learn how to manage symptoms of depression. They can learn coping skills to overcome the condition.

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Intense sadness
  • Emotional numbness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Crying spells
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Social isolation or withdrawal
  • Headaches or stomachaches
  • Negative thoughts
  • Low motivation
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling of hopelessness
  • Suicidal ideation

Therapy For Depression

A common form of treatment for depression is meeting with a therapist. A therapist can help a great deal with helping you work through the feelings of depressed mood. They can also help you learn coping strategies to use when feeling depressed or anxious.

Talking with a therapist can help you overcome depression if it occurs in reaction to the following life challenges:

  • Trauma
  • Loss
  • Adjusting to a new lifestyle
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Troubles with stress management

Life changes can bring about a depressed mood. If you are depressed due to situational or unexpected change, you can work through how the stress of the change affected you with a therapist. From there, it is possible to recover from a depressed mood.

Different types of therapy can help treat depression. The most effective forms of therapy for depression include:

  • Talk Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Each of these forms of therapy help with learning tools on how to challenge negative thoughts. They also help to learn mindfulness and distress tolerance skills.

Medication For Depression

Not everyone needs medication to manage their condition of depression. Even though it is not necessary for everyone, some people could benefit from psychiatric medication and care. Medication is most commonly offered as an option for people who suffer from chronic depression.

People with moderate, severe, and/or chronic cases of depression can benefit from medication to aid in their recovery process. Those who are mildly depressed or depressed in reaction to a lifestyle change may be able to complete treatment without medication and only attend counseling.

Self-Care

An important part of overcoming your condition of depression is promoting self-care in your life. Promoting self-care is a huge method for changing lifestyle habits to minimize depression. Lifestyle changes that promote self-care can help you overcome a depressed mood.

The process of practicing self-care is different for everyone. It will be based on your current lifestyle and self-care needs. Through incorporating self-care into your routine, you will learn how to prioritize your own needs. Learning how to put your own needs first can improve mental and physical health, which can aid in recovery from depression.

Patience And Self-Forgiveness

Dealing with depression is a daily struggle. Some days will be easier than others, and if you are having a harder day it does not mean you are not trying or what you are doing is not working. Depression can come in waves, and those waves can be unpredictable at times.

Accept there will be good days and bad days. If you are having a bad day, or if you are struggling more than usual, remind yourself that you are working hard and that you have the potential to feel better. It is okay to have good days where you are feeling well, and bad days where you are feeling more depressed as usual. What matters is you keep in control. Remember that you are working hard and commit to continuing to promote your mental health and wellness.

Social Support

Feeling supported while learning how to manage depression can be powerful. Knowing you have a support system can help boost confidence. People who are close to you can provide encouragement and feedback while you work on recovering from a depressed mood. Social support can also help with minimizing feelings of loneliness by reminding you that there are people who care about you and want you to feel good about yourself.

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