Depression, also called depressive disorder, is characterized by decreased energy, feelings of sadness or despair, loss of interest in hobbies and routines, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. It is much more than feeling down and requires an understanding that few providers outside of the psychiatric specialty possess. Our licensed psychiatric nurse practitioners have been helping depressed individuals recover from the disorder for years, and they want to help you, too.
If you’ve been feeling helpless to overcome your depression, Advanced Psychiatry DFW is on your side. We know that taking action is especially hard to do when you’re in a depressive state. All you need to do is pick up the phone or schedule an appointment online to take that first step toward recovery. We’re waiting to help you.
It is estimated that 16 million Americans will have a major depressive episode in their lifetime. The true number of people with living with depression is impossible to know because two-thirds of sufferers never reach out for or receive help. Each year in the USA, 43,000 people die from suicide. More women are affected by depression than men.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression often manifests as the following symptoms:
- Changes in Sleep
- Changes in Appetite
- Inability to Concentrate
- Low Energy
- Lack of Interest in Activities
- Feeling Sad or Hopeless
- Physical Body Aches
- Thoughts of Death and Suicide
If you or a loved one is showing any of the above symptoms, it is important to reach out for help. Depression can lead to suicide, which is the second leading cause of death in 15 – 29-year-olds worldwide.
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Types of Depression
At Advanced Psychiatry, we treat all depressive disorders, including:
- Major Depressive Disorder. Also called clinical depression; persistent sadness, lack of energy or motivation, and a feeling that life isn’t worth living.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder. Chronic low-level depression that lasts longer than 1 year.
- Postpartum Depression. Depression brought on by hormonal changes and stress following childbirth.
- Seasonal Depression. Depression within a seasonal cycle, usually occurring in fall and winter.
- Psychotic Depression. Depression with psychotic features like hallucinations, sometimes occurring with bipolar disorder.
Treatments for Depression
A multi-pronged approach is often necessary to successfully treat depression. First, inpatient treatment might be necessary if the patient is at risk of suicide or self-harm. Our care providers will arrange this treatment to protect the patient if needed.
Therapy, often dialectical behavioral therapy, is an important part of the treatment equation. It teaches patients how to identify and track their moods and how to function even when their mood is low.
Antidepressants or antipsychotic medications are available to stimulate the patient’s brain and treat their persistent symptoms. Patients need a professional they can trust to prescribe the most effective medicines and adjust the dosage as necessary. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners do just that, and they always take the patient’s feedback into account.
Our philosophy is one of collaborative treatment. Our patients know their minds and bodies better than anyone, so they should have a say in their treatment plan. We monitor the patient’s progress through follow-up appointments to discover what’s working and what isn’t. If one drug is not producing optimal results, we discuss other options with the patient to come up with a successful strategy.
Advanced Psychiatry Offers Hope
Depression can leave you feeling like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but that’s not true. You still have a life to live, and it is worth living! Call Advanced Psychiatry DFW today or schedule an appointment using our online portal. No one should ever have to suffer through depression alone.
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Advanced Psychiatry, P.L.L.C
2485 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100, Southlake, Texas 76092
Monday-Thursday from 7am - 4pm and closed on Fridays.