Depression arises throughout the course of our lives. We all experience bouts of sadness and unhappiness. Feelings of sadness can develop because of loss, change, disappointment or a general malaise. Many times these feelings of sadness dissipate over a short period of time. However, sometimes these feelings seem to persist and may interfere with one’s ability to cope with daily life and responsibilities.
When depression affects your daily life, seeking depression treatment can help. Talking to a therapist or psychologist can help you overcome depression’s grip on your life. Contact our offices in Temecula, CA now to speak with a qualified clinician.
Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms of depression can be different for different people. However, often, people diagnosed with a depressive disorder may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Depressed mood
- Irritability and restlessness
- Anxious feelings
- Feelings of emptiness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- A loss of interest in hobbies/activities that were previously enjoyed
- Excessive sleep and irregular appetite
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Social isolation or emotional withdrawal
- Physical symptoms (such as fatigue and low energy)
- Persistent physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment (e.g., headaches, aches and pains, GI issues)
- Routine thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
These symptoms often interfere with one’s ability to carry on with their daily responsibilities.
The above list is a sampling of symptoms one may experience when struggling with depression. However, everyone is unique so different symptoms that are not listed may show up. Thus, this list should not be considered inclusive of all potential symptoms of depression. In addition, some of the symptoms listed may be representative of other psychological or medical problems. This is why proper assessment and diagnosis is so critical to proper depression treatment.
Diagnosis of Depression
Accurate diagnosis of depression is very important and often involves a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s history and current functioning. Sometimes this is done through an interview with a clinician during the course of therapy and sometimes this is done through a more comprehensive psychological evaluation (to rule out other potential issues). Often a therapist will ask many questions throughout the evaluation process (whether it is simply an interview or a more formal psychological evaluation) that assesses a client’s history of symptoms
Depression treatment may be necessary if you or someone you love has been experiencing symptoms of depression for more than two weeks. Seeking professional depression treatment may also be necessary if your feelings consistently and significantly interfere with your ability to function at home, at work, at school or in your relationships with others.
Our clinicians at Aspire Wellness Clinic in Temecula, CA are trained to treat depression by utilizing an integrative, strength based treatment model to address each individual’s set of unique issues associated with depression. We pull from cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, systems-focused, and insight oriented approaches to design effective treatment, consultation and assessment strategies to help our clients. In addition, sometimes the therapist and client will mutually agree that a consultation with our in-house psychiatrist, Dr. Baroya, would be beneficial for medication management.
Schedule An Appointment for Depression Treatment
If you would like to meet or talk with one of our clinicians about depression treatment call our Temecula, CA offices at (951) 363-3150, or click below to fill out our secure online form.