Depression treatment is often needed by those who suffer from a persistent feeling of sadness, which is usually accompanied by other emotional and physical symptoms. At NOAH, we treat patients of all ages with various types of depression and mental health needs.
What is Depression?
Depression is much more severe than “feeling down” every once in a while. It is characterized by an overwhelming and constant feeling of sadness, along with a loss of interest in day-to-day activities. Depression can have a situational cause, such as the loss or illness of a loved one, a recent move, or other significant change. In other cases, depression can be caused by a neurotransmitter deficiency.
Depression can be variable through different seasons of life; meaning you can have a variation of intensity and duration of depressive symptoms.
People diagnosed with depression may experience some of these common symptoms:
- constant feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- loss of interest in activities
- social isolation from friends or family
- inability to care for his or her own needs, such as eating or bathing
- insomnia or sleeping too much
- lack of appetite or overeating
- suicidal ideation
- other physical symptoms, like headaches or back pain
If left untreated, depression can lead to the loss of relationships, the loss of a job or home, conflict among family members, etc. Depression puts an emotional toll on not only the patient, but also his or her loved ones. This disorder can affect a person’s overall well-being in such a way that it could become life-threatening.
How We Can Help
Depression treatment can help immensely with diagnosing and treating your depressive disorder. Depression can be treated with or without medication, depending on the individual. At NOAH, some of our therapeutic techniques include:
- cognitive behavioral therapy
- motivational interviewing
- lifestyle assessments
- behavior management
- diet, exercise, and relational skill building
- medication support
Overcoming depression is an ongoing process, but with the proper depression therapy, you will find that you can live a happier and healthier life, free of the symptoms of depression.