Depressive Disorders

Description of the Diagnosis/Issue

Depression can range from mild to severe or transient to chronic. The most recognizable Symptoms are feelings of sadness most or all days. Changes in sleeping and eating patterns are other indicators. Sometimes an individual will become overly emotional/tearful or to the contrary one may feel sad but devoid of emotion accompanied by a Flat Affect. Some common Depressive Disorders are Seasonal Affective Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder.

Types of Treatment Modalities/ Interventions

Depression is often treated by Medication and/or Psychotherapy utilizing a variety of methods: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychoanalysis, Narrative Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Research suggests that a Healthy Diet, Exercise, Socialization, Psychotherapy, and Medication Management (Psychopharmacology) when needed are highly effective and beneficial to the overall Mental Health of the individual.