Cognitive Behavior Therapy as Depression Treatment
The term “depressed” is often used loosely to describe people who aren’t acting like their happy selves. But true clinical depression is defined by specific symptoms:
- Depressed mood experienced for most of the day, especially in the morning
- Loss of interest in normal activities and relationships
Both symptoms must be experienced daily for at least two weeks to qualify as clinical depression.
Symptoms of Clinical Depression
Symptoms of clinical depression can include the following:
- Prolonged sadness
- Decreased energy
- Sleep disturbances
- Changes in appetite
- Poor concentration
- Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that can lead to suicidal thoughts
Recovering from Clinical Depression
To achieve full recovery, clients suffering from depression often require both medication and psychotherapy. Depression may present at any age. Sufferers often leave their condition untreated. They may blame themselves or their life situations rather than viewing depression as a biological, often inherited condition.
How We Treat Clinical Depression in Adolescents and Adults
Clinical depression affects clients’ lives in many ways. As part of our depression treatment services, we perform psychiatric evaluations, psychological testing (if necessary), and skilled psychotherapy to define and manage this highly treatable, frequently chronic condition.
If you have been diagnosed with clinical depression, or if you suspect that you are suffering from clinical depression, you deserve help. Call us today at (410) 531-5087 to request a depression treatment consultation.