What is Depression?
The lifetime prevalence rates for depression are over 20%. This means that over 20% of the population will at some point in their life suffer from a clinical form of depression. Depression effects adults and children and is the most common of all disorders followed by Anxiety. Sometimes, people can have clinical forms of both anxiety and depression.
Many aren’t aware of this but depressive disorders are treatable, yet many don’t seek treatment. Of those who do, many will rely on medication for the rest of their lives.
Advanced Psychotherapeutics of Lynchburg and Central Virginia offers many treatment options to treat depression to include psychotherapy, neurofeedback training, non-invasive brain stimulation, and mindfulness interventions. If you suffer from depression, there is a cure and it’s only a phone call away.
How do I know if I have Depression?
Mainly, depression is accompanied with what is called a mood episode. A mood episode is a period of time, outside of your normal mood, that lasts for at least 2 weeks or more. During this time period, you will feel more sad and/or irritable than normal (more days than not). You may also experience changes in sleep, diet, isolation, decreased self-worth, and/or suicidal.
Depression can present in other forms as well and will often present differently in children and adolescents compared to adults. Due to the various nature depression is displayed, it’s important to get a proper evaluation from a qualified mental health professional such as a psychologist or psychiatrist.
How is Depression Treated?
There are many treatments used for depression. Depending on the severity of your depression, medication may be needed. Various forms of psychotherapy is commonly used in conjunction with medication or as a monotherapy. At Advanced Psychotherapeutics of Lynchburg and Central Virginia, we specialize in psychotherapy, non-invasive brain stimulation, and neurofeedback in the treatment of depression.
Can Depression be Cured?
Many people falsely assume that depression is only treated with medication and that medication must be taken for life. However, this is not the case. Depression is curable but this will depend on the type of depression you have. However, in chronic case and more severe forms of depression, with proper treatment, remission can be more frequent and mood episodes can be less severe pending on the type of treatment used. Advanced Psychotherapeutics of Lynchburg and Central Virginia specializes in treating depression and in most cases, fixes it or at the least, minimize its negative impact on your life.