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Depression is a mood disorder that interferes with many aspects of life. With the help of a counselor/ therapist, you can improve your symptoms for a healthier, happier life.
What is depression?
Depression can be best defined as an extended period of sadness for over two weeks. This depressive state includes no interest in activities or things that you once enjoyed. Ths illness affects how you sleep, how you work, how you act, how you eat and many more. Severe depression can lead to thoughts of suicide which should be addressed immediately. Depression is a very common mood disorder that requires medical attention and evaluation by a trained mental health care provider. Depression can affect anyone but the majority of cases are diagnosed in their teens and twenties. Many people attribute depression to a traumatic event or abnormal activity in the brain.
What are the treatment options for depression?
• Medication: You may be prescribed an anti-depressant or an SSRI to help alleviate the symptoms. Some of these medications include Lexapro, Celexa, Prozac, and Zoloft. These medications can be prescribed by a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist.
• Talk therapy: Talk therapy is highly recommended for all patients suffering from a mental illness. Talk therapy can be provided by a psychologist, social worker, therapist or counselor.
Many doctors and health professionals recommend combining medication and talk therapy for the most effective results.
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