Massapequa Depression

DepressionMassapequa, NY

Depressive disorders are among the most challenging of all mental illnesses, affecting many individuals, and getting depression treatmentmay be a difficult first step for some people. They may need the assistance of friends, relatives, or a medical professional.

It is hard to pin down recovery from depression to a single intervention. Fortunately, there are various treatments, health professionals, and services for patients struggling with depression. A psychiatrist can provide depression treatment and help patients lead normal, productive lives. There are also several self-help measures for those struggling with depression.

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Depression treatment from the psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental health issues. These medical professionals also get further education in disease management using medicines. Their primary goal is to alleviate mental disturbance.

Many people feel depressed or sad occasionally, but the feeling eventually disappears. However, the symptoms of clinical depression are more severe and linger for at least two weeks. The psychiatrist will ask the patient questions in order to diagnose clinical depression. Patients may need to respond to a questionnaire and discuss their family history. The mental health professional may also request an exam or lab tests to determine if another medical problem exists.

Psychiatrists use different methods to treat depression. Due to individual differences, therapy works differently for everyone. Treatment options include the following. 

Pharmacological treatment

Treating depression with antidepressant medication is effective. This option often requires that patients try different antidepressant drugs until they find the one that works best with minimal side effects. Medicines that have benefited a patient's close family member are likely to work for the patient. It typically takes two to four weeks before patients start noticing changes in their symptoms when taking antidepressants.

In many cases, appetite, sleep, and attention often improve before patients experience mood changes. Patients getting therapy should give the drug enough time to act before concluding that it has failed. Most antidepressants have side effects, though many of these may subside with time.

Patients should consult with a psychiatrist about possible adverse effects before stopping an antidepressant. It is also not advisable to stop taking the medication as soon as the symptoms improve. Generally, abruptly halting the medicne might result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and potentially detrimental consequences. Patients need to take medicine for the duration recommended and if necessary, slowly reduce the dosage over time with the assistance of a medical professional.

Although treatment with antidepressants is successful, some people, particularly adolescents, teenagers, and young adults, may be at risk. Mental health professionals rarely prescribe antidepressants for children or adolescents, and they are not the first treatment choice. Some individuals may have unpleasant side effects when taking antidepressants for the first time.

Before the effects kick in, some patients may experience anxiety or agitation. Suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts may also occur for others. It is essential to monitor patients using antidepressants regularly, particularly when they initially begin taking them. It is important to note that when antidepressant drugs are taken under a doctor's supervision, the side effects for most individuals are insignificant compared to the hazards of untreated depression.

Behavior and lifestyle changes

Behavioral adjustments are a straightforward therapy for depression that has shown to be beneficial over time. Altering a person's diet and exercising habits can be helpful in depression treatment. Psychiatrists also advise patients to make specific changes to their daily routine, such as attending more social gatherings and doing extracurricular activities.

Exercise: Exercising regularly can relieve depression symptoms. It promotes the development of new brain cells and connections and boosts feel-good neurochemicals like serotonin and endorphins. The best part is that patients do not have to run a marathon or over-exert themselves before seeing improvements. Even half-hour walks a day can have a major impact in one's health. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise most days for optimal results.

Social support: A strong support system counters isolation, a major risk factor for depression. Friends and family may be a great source of support, as can a class or a group. Volunteering helps because it is a great way to meet new people, gain confidence, and help one's community.

Psychotherapy

Psychiatrists and psychologists both employ psychotherapy as a treatment option for depression. Patients with depression often notice significant improvements after a few sessions of psychotherapy. Evidence-based psychotherapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy have shown promise in treating depression.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy: The cognitive triad — dysfunctional negative perceptions of oneself, life experiences, and future — is the foundational concept of CBT. Therefore, a person suffering from severe depression is more prone to feel that they are inadequate and powerless, that others are critical of them, and that the future is dismal and unfulfilling. The goal of CBT is to assist patients in identifying and altering dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns. Studies support the effectiveness of CBT for patients from all age groups. It is also helpful in preventing relapse.

Dialectical behavioral therapy: With dialectical behavioral therapy, patients learn how to better control their emotions and cope with the difficulties of life. The psychiatrist will work with the patient to establish a middle ground between acceptance and growth. The more patients improve their negative or harmful thinking, the less severe their depression symptoms become.

Interpersonal therapy: This can be an effective quick intervention for major depressive disorder. Psychiatrists guide patients on improving their interpersonal relationships and social functioning to lower or eliminate their depression symptoms.

In summary

A psychiatrist is the ideal mental health professional to consult if you want to get depression treatment. Depression may be short lived or long lasting, depending on the individual. Treating your depression does not guarantee that it will disappear entirely. That said, treatment may help alleviate some of the symptoms. It is important to discover the proper drug and therapy combination to manage depressive symptoms. If one course of therapy does not work, make an appointment with the psychiatrist. They can devise a new treatment strategy to manage the condition.

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Evolve Psychiatry is located at 5550 Merrick Rd Massapequa, NY 11758.

(631) 773-1096