Depression is a widespread mental health condition affecting more than 16 million American adults. If you’re concerned about depression, contact the team at Mindful Urgent Care, located in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York. They offer customized assessments and treatments to reduce your depression symptoms and help you learn to better manage your thoughts and feelings. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
“Life was going okay, until one morning I just couldn’t get out of bed. I knew I had to be at work, but it just seemed like a futile exercise. The thought of being out there all day was just too overwhelming, anyway, even though I usually loved my job. I didn’t even bother calling in sick. A week later, lying in bed wondering if I’d ever feel pleasure again, I knew I had a problem.”
Depression is one of the most common and distressing mental illnesses, but help is available right now. At Mindful Urgent Care, our team of compassionate mental health professionals will provide you with treatment the very day you choose to ask for help. You will be invited into a comfortable front office, with relaxing music and refreshments, helping you feel at ease while taking that all-important first step.
You will see a psychiatric medical provider on your first visit, who will assess and work with you to diagnose the problem. They will help you understand what depression is and why you are feeling this way. They will prescribe medication which reduces your symptoms, and will recommend a treatment plan personalized to suit your needs, including lifestyle modifications to increase your overall sense of wellbeing. We recommend weekly therapy as a supplement to our care, and will provide referrals to the best providers available. There you will explore your own psychology and build skilled coping mechanisms.
After two weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment with your clinician to assess how the treatment plan is progressing, followed by ongoing monthly follow-up care. By this point, you will likely have gained increased stability, allowing you to function at a more optimal level without the distress caused by the disorder. You will continue with monthly follow-up visits to evaluate your progress and adjust medication if necessary. Through all of your challenges, setbacks, achievements, and victories, the team at Mindful Urgent Care will be by your side.
If you think you might be suffering from depression, call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule a consultation online today.
“I have experienced loss before, and spent months grieving, but that did not prepare me for depression. If you think depression is just a severe kind of sadness, you have not been in its grasp. It is a state of being in which life feels utterly pointless and it is a struggle just to be alive. I believed that nothing could bring me out of this state of despair, as everything my thoughts told me seemed perfectly reasonable and happiness seemed like a cruel joke. Fortunately, my partner convinced me that depression could be effectively treated, otherwise I might not have even tried.”
When you're suffering from depression, your experience feels unlike normal transient emotions. You experience an intense sadness or lowness that impacts your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and continues for a period of days, weeks, or months. It may feel all-encompassing, and lead to changes in sleep, appetite, concentration, and energy. You do not enjoy the things that usually give you pleasure, and you feel little to no motivation to attend to personal or professional tasks.
Depression can feel frightening, as it is not always easy to identify what is causing it. Whereas losing something or someone may lead to sadness, depression can seem to come out of nowhere. One day you felt fine, and the next you found yourself struggling to get out of bed. This is because depression is not one feeling, but a complex response to changes in brain chemicals, as well as a range of overwhelming emotions. It can come out of nowhere, or it can be triggered by life events.
You're not alone. More than 17 million Americans suffer from depression. With treatment, using medication, therapy, or a combination of the two, you can recover and learn to prevent future episodes.
There are different types of depression.
Atypical depression refers to a persistent low mood, often accompanied by low motivation, over-sleeping, over-eating, or other common symptoms of depression. However, people suffering from atypical depression may find their mood improved temporarily by a positive event.
Atypical depression is commonly listed towards the end of lists of types of depression. However, this may lead some to believe that what they are suffering with is not “bad enough” to be depression. Contrary to its name, atypical depression is not uncommon, but was simply identified after other types of depression.
You may have major depression if you experience a low mood most of the time on most days. Major depression makes it very difficult to function on a day-to-day basis, as you struggle with low motivation, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, over-sleeping or difficulty sleeping, and difficulty experiencing pleasure. You might also feel guilty for your lack of motivation and decreased ability to function “as normal”. Chances are you believe that the depression is your own fault.
Major depression can become very severe and it might feel unbearable. It can cause you to wonder how you will get through the day, cause terrible agitation, and lead to suicidal thoughts. It can be treated with medication and therapy.
Adjustment Disorder (Situational Depression)
Otherwise known as situational depression, adjustment disorder refers to depression that occurs during a stressful or troubling period of life. While sadness and low mood may be a typical response, adjustment disorder is characterized by the symptoms of major depression and can be treated with medication and therapy.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) refers to depression that occurs over a particular season (usually winter). It can be treated with antidepressants, therapy, and light therapy which mimics the effects of the sunlight lacking during the short, gloomy days.
Many women experience peripartum or postpartum depression during and after pregnancy. This can be very troubling, especially as many mothers believe they should be happy and energetic at the start of motherhood. However, it is common and does not correlate with particular feelings or beliefs about parenting. On the contrary, it impacts even the healthiest feelings and beliefs about parenting, and these should be explored in therapy.
While your thoughts might tell you that your situation is hopeless, this is certainly not the case. Depression can be effectively treated using a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Antidepressants such as SSRIs are effective at reducing the symptoms, allowing you to feel pleasure again and experience normal emotions.
Therapy helps you get to the roots of your issues, identifying what may have triggered the depressive episode. Even though depression is often caused by chemicals in the brain, it is usually triggered by something in your life, or even by something that happened in the past.
Exercise is also known to help people suffering from depression, releasing endorphins which lead to increased happiness.
Depression seems overwhelming and irremediable, but with the right treatment, you can be back on your feet living a joyful, meaningful life.
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