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Depression

Feeling low or down for a morning, day or even two days can be a normal part of life.  Sometimes, the low mood persists for weeks or months, and when it gets in the way of a person’s life is when many seek help.  Depression can be characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Persistent low mood

  • “I don’t feel like it” Lack of interest in things that once gave a person joy

  • “I’m not hungry” Significant weight loss when not dieting, or weight gain

  • “I’m so tired, and I can’t sleep” Sleeping much less or more than usual

  • “I can’t get out of bed." Fatigue or loss of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt

  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness

  • Suicidal thoughts

 

Causes of Depression

 

While it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of depression, a combination factors most likely contribute, including: genetics, family history, personality, environment, and social factors.

 

Treatment

 

While hopelessness is a part of depression, there are treatments that bring hope for recovery.  With mild depressive symptoms, a combination of self-care, lifestyle changes, and psychotherapy can be an effective treatment.

 

For moderate to severe depression, medication including anti-depressant medication along with psychotherapy can be effective.  Philadelphia Wellness can provide effective psychotherapy for depression including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.  As a part of treatment, referrals to Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners will be given to assess whether medication is appropriate.

 

Mike at Philadelphia Wellness Therapy works with multiple modalities to help to treat depression.  Feel free to schedule a free consultation.