Treating Depression

Dealing with depression can be a very difficult time for anyone who is going through it, or for anyone that knows a friend or family member that is currently going through it. Depression affects more than just the person who is going through depression.

But what is depression? Many people falsely believe that “depression” is just “feeling depressed,” where depression is actually a mental illness that people are suffering from. Just because it’s not a physical illness and shares a lot of similarities with “feeling depressed,” not everyone takes the medical condition as seriously, even though it in some cases has one of the deadliest risks out there: suicide.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression (also known as ‘major depressive disorder’) is a common, but serious medical illness that affects how you feel in a very negative way. It impacts the way you think and how you act. It’s a complicated mental illness that is more than “just feeling depressed or sad.”

Once you understand what depression is, getting treatment is possible for yourself or someone you love.

Urgent Care for Depression

If you or someone you know is facing depression, know that they don’t have to do it alone. Treatment is available for depression and you can even get urgent care for depression to get quicker results, no matter what point you are at.

The symptoms of depression can be identified as the following, to name some of the most common:

  • Having sad or depressed feelings and moods
  • Losing interest in activities that one once enjoyed or found pleasure in
  • Significant change of appetite: major weight gain or loss
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping in excessively
  • General fatigue and lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or unnecessary guilt
  • Having difficulty concentrating on tasks and making decisions
  • Frequent “purposeless activity,” such as pacing
  • Slowed, lethargic movements and/or speech patterns
  • Thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is talking about death and/or suicide, consult with medical professionals immediately.

In order to classify as clinical depression, symptoms must have been ongoing for at least two weeks, in order to rule out a momentary lapse of depressed or sad feelings. Various factors can impact the likelihood of depression, such as biochemistry (in the brain), genetics, personality (such as those with low self-esteem), and environments (e.g., those where violence, abuse, etc., is common).

Treatment for Depression

Treating depression is doable and can be very effective with the right methods when personalized to the individual. Most people who do experience depression exhibit positive results when exposed to treatment. It’s recommended to consult with a health professional before going through any type of significant depression treatment.

  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Other treatment options may be available for some patients, and a combination of treatment methods may be recommended for the best possible result.

Contact us today at Metro Urgent Care to learn more about depression treatments that are available, or you can visit any of our facilities if you or someone you know may be dealing with depression and want urgent care.

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