Clinical Depression is different than short-term emotional distress or feeling blue. Anyone can feel low for a brief period of time, and a person’s daily activities are not affected by it. Clinical Depression is more serious. Not only are there persistent feelings of sadness but also a sense of hopelessness and helplessness as well as an inability to concentrate or focus. Sleep is disrupted. Appetite is affected. Employment and relationships suffer. In serious cases there can be thoughts of harming oneself or committing suicide. Depression is treatable. The earlier it is treated the more quickly you will be able to resume your life. The same can be said for a return of symptoms after the condition has been treated.
Here the focus of treatment is on evaluating the severity of your depression, addressing the situations that may be contributing to its appearance and maintenance, and learning how to manage the thinking patterns that go along with the experience. When the depression episode has remitted you will learn to identify your specific triggers that indicate potential relapse and what to do with them.
I am not qualified to prescribe medication. Your primary care physician or nurse practitioner will address that need if necessary. With your written permission, I will stay in contact with your medical provider so that we can work as a team to insure a quick and thorough recovery.
Be frank and honest about all your symptoms and the situations that may be triggering them so you can make the most of your treatment here.