What are Depressive Disorders?
Many people can feel sad or upset at times, but these feelings generally subside after a few days and things go back to normal. A Depressive disorder is something different and not simply a case of having the blues. Someone who is depressed has difficulty functioning in their daily life and will have difficulty at work, home, and everywhere in between. Often, people do not seek treatment for depression even though there is very effective treatment available. There are several forms of depressive disorders that are listed below. If you are suffering from depression, we can help you.
Specific Depressive Disorders:
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder, Single and Recurrent Episodes
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder
- Depressive Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition
What are some general signs or symptoms of Depressive Disorders?
In general, people with depressive disorders can have an unwavering and intractable sadness, can feel hopeless, and can even have thoughts that they would be better off dead.
- Feeling sad, anxious, or empty more often than not
- Hopelessness or helplessness
- Eating too much or too little
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Fatigue and lower energy level than before
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Excessive weight gain or weight loss
- Aches and pains which won’t go away
Diagnosis and Treatment:
If you think you may have a depressive disorder, come in for an evaluation. Depression is something that can be effectively treated, and we will determine your diagnosis and begin treatment right away. Research has shown time and again that medications can be very helpful, and the combination of medications and therapy is even better. We offer treatment using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and judicious medication use.