Depression Treatment in North Conway, NH :

Depression

Mild depression can be a normal human response to stressful life situations. However, for some individuals, the symptoms associated with depression do not dissipate with time, and are severe enough to cause significant disruption in their daily life. This type of depression is commonly referred to as clinical depression. Typical symptoms of clinical depression include feelings of hopelessness and despair, extreme sadness, chronic negative thoughts, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, extreme fatigue, difficulty sleeping, agitation, anxiety, intense anger or irritability, social isolation, problems at work, school, or home, frequent episodes of crying for unknown reasons, and even psychosis. Post-partum depression is a common experience for women. Depression is known to have an underlying biological basis and possibly hereditary in nature. It is important to get a thorough medical and psychiatric evaluation when experiencing depressive symptoms to rule out possible underlying medical causes. Depressive symptoms can range from mild to severe and can necessitate psychiatric hospitalization in certain situations.

Some individuals will only ever have a single depressive episode while the disorder may take a chronic, recurrent course for others. Medications including Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs & SNRIs) have been found to be very helpful in treating depressive symptoms. Mood stabilizers and Atypical Antipsychotic medications have also been found to be useful for some individuals. For those with chronic, treatment resistant depression, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) may be a treatment option. Psychotherapy, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, has been found to be helpful in the treatment of depression. A combination of psychotherapy and medication management is typically the most effective treatment option; however, for some individuals with less severe depression, psychotherapy alone can be an appropriate choice.

If you are suffering from a mood disorder and are interested in psychotherapy as part of your treatment, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation appointment.