Depression is more than simply feeling sad. This condition affects people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities, and an estimated 322 million people live with depression around the world. When left untreated, it can lead to problems within the family, at work or school, and in your social life. If you’re coping with the symptoms of depression, Vanguard Medical Group offers depression counseling and services to promote healing and improve your quality of life. Learn more about how we serve individuals with depression, and contact your nearest location to schedule an appointment today.
Screening and Diagnosis
By definition, depression involves negative feelings and thoughts that consume a person’s mind and disrupt one’s daily routine. Eventually, it may even take a toll on physical health if left untreated. This is because depression alters the brain’s chemistry, making it more difficult to receive the help needed when it’s needed most.
Accordingly, it’s important to address the signs and symptoms of depression as early as possible. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, you may be experiencing some of its most common symptoms, such as:
- Feelings of anger, frustration, irritability, sadness, self-doubt, hopelessness and loneliness
- Fatigue and/or trouble sleeping
- Changes in weight
- Difficulty in maintaining personal hygiene
- Trouble concentrating
- Moving or speaking slowly
- Memory loss
- Lack of interest or enthusiasm for things you typically enjoy
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, don’t delay in scheduling a screening at your nearest Vanguard Medical Group location. The longer you wait to receive depression counseling and treatment, the more severe the disease’s impacts will become.
Treatment and Management
Upon determining your diagnosis, you and your primary care provider will determine the best course of action for the treatment and management of depression. Some patients may be referred to our on-site behavioral health providers for treatment and medication management. In many cases, antidepressants can help relieve the mental and physical effects of depression and support symptom management. It may take a few tries to find the right medications for each individual, but patients should soon begin to notice significant improvements in their mood, sleep habits, concentration, and other problem areas.
Also, talk therapy has proven to be extremely effective in treating and managing depression. One variation of depression counseling is cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps patients identify negative thoughts and behaviors and equips them with the tools to approach their problems or feelings more productively. Another form is interpersonal therapy, which addresses how to abolish depressive symptoms through targeted counseling on navigating personal relationships and handling social situations. (sounds a little severe?)
Would instead say: which addresses how to mitigate depressive symptoms through targeted counseling, especially in the areas of navigating personal relationships and handling social situations.
In addition to medications and talk therapy, there are a multitude of other treatment options available to assist patients with depression in managing their symptoms. These include:
- Exercise and nutrition programs
- Brain stimulation therapies (not aware of referrals in this area – do we refer for this?)
- Cannabidiol (CBD) (are we offering to manage this substance?)
- Support groups
Don’t Wait – Get Help Today
If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression and are ready to explore your treatment options, Vanguard Medical Group is standing by to assist you in your time of need. Our trusted providers will administer screening tests, analyze your situation, and set you up with the depression counseling services that are right for you. The sooner you begin your treatment for depression, the sooner you’ll experience a reduction in symptoms and be ready to take control of your life once more. For more information, request an appointment at your nearest Vanguard Medical Group location or contact us today.