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Symptoms & Treatment Options

Understanding Depression

It is part of the normal human experience to feel “down” from time to time. For most anyone, life brings a mix of positive and negative emotions. However, in some individuals, a mood disorder takes hold in the form of Major Depressive Disorder. It is important to understand that Major Depressive Disorder is a medical condition that warrants treatment. It is not just a state of feeling sad or unhappy, but rather, a chemical imbalance that affects how a person feels, thinks, and behaves.

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Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder impairs an individual’s ability to function in daily life. Sleep, energy, appetite, concentration, and interest in activities are often affected. Feelings of excessive guilt and worthlessness are common. In adolescents, depression tends to manifest more as irritability than overt sadness. When depression is severe, patients can become suicidal and engage in suicide attempts or self-harm. In extreme cases, patients can experience psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations (i.e., hearing voices) or delusions (fixed, false beliefs).

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Options for Treating Depression

Fortunately, there are effective treatment options for Major Depressive Disorder in the form of medication and psychotherapy. Dr. Rogers has extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults with depression and has helped many people recover from this terrible illness. Call today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

A young adult male with depression talks with his psychiatrist