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What Is Major Depression and How Is It Treated?

Major depression (or “clinical depression”) is a mental health issue that can cause severe disruptions to a person’s overall quality of life. While everyone feels sad from time to time, a sadness that affects a person’s ability to function in their everyday life for weeks or months on end might be major depression. Suffering from major depression can be painful, but there is hope! Hope Harbor Wellness can help you or a loved one learn to manage symptoms to get back on track to living a fulfilling and happy life.
 
Major depression differs from other forms of depression due to the duration of the symptoms. If you are experiencing the following symptoms for the majority of the day for two weeks or longer, you might have major or clinical depression. When reviewing these symptoms, remember that sometimes medical or physical issues can also cause some of these symptoms. Always be sure to rule out any medical or physical problem by consulting a family doctor or primary care physician.
 
This is not a comprehensive list; however, these are some of the common symptoms of major depression:
 
  • Cognitive (thought-processing and beliefs) Symptoms: Overwhelming feelings of guilt, worthlessness, emptiness, sadness, or hopelessness Ruminating and fixating on past mistakes or regrets Poor concentration or an inability to focus Thoughts of death or suicide Slowed thought processes
  • Behavioral Symptoms: Outbursts of anger, irritability, or agitation No longer engaging in or losing interest in pleasurable activities Slowed speech and bodily movements
  • Physical Symptoms: Changes in appetite leading to weight gain or loss Sleeping too much or too little Unexplained physical pain, like muscle aches with no root cause

What Does Major Depression Look Like?

Overall, when someone just does not “seem like themselves,” they could be going through something emotionally difficult. People can become preoccupied with riskier behaviors to distract themselves from their thoughts. While coping with depression can be different for everyone, when a person engages in self-destructive or maladaptive behaviors, they might be on a downward spiral and need help. Hope Harbor Wellness’s clinical experts can help a person learn to identify their triggers and learn healthy ways to cope with their depression.
 

What Are Some Ways to Treat Major Depressions?

Hope Harbor Wellness understands that no two people experience depression in the same way. We offer a variety of treatment methods to help you find the best pathway to recovery!
 
Depression is commonly treated with a combination of these modalities:
 
Psychiatric:
  • Medications can be effective in managing symptoms of depression
  • Some medications can be used in the short-term as the person learns new coping skills and gradually stops using medications
  • Other people benefit from the long-term use of psychiatric medications, due to chemical disruptions of the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals
Counseling and individual therapy:
  • Often referred to as “talk-therapy,” many counselors or therapists are trained in various modalities to meet your needs
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are two examples of evidence-based practices available at Hope Harbor Wellness.
Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
  • “Dual-Diagnosis Treatment” refers to treating both depression and addiction (substance or process) simultaneously

At Hope Harbor Wellness, we know that treating both addiction and underlying mental health issues together is the best pathway for a successful recovery

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