Depression is among the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in the United States. At Alevea Mental Health in Tempe, Arizona, the team of adult psychiatric specialists works with you to diagnose and treat major depressive disorders, adjustment disorders, dysthymia, and other recurrent depressive disorders. Call Alevea Mental Health or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about depression.
Depression is a mental health disorder that affects the way you think, feel, and behave. It causes feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Depression affects everyone differently, so you may not realize you have it at first. Over time, however, depression can interfere with your quality of life. Working, studying, and completing routine chores may feel like a challenge.
The four main types of depression are:
Major depressive disorder is a common type of depression that causes overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest. If you have the disorder, you may experience depressive episodes more often than not.
Dysthymia, commonly called persistent depressive disorder, occurs when your depressive episodes last for longer than two years. While symptoms may be persistent, they’re typically less intense than major depressive disorder.
Recurrent depression happens when you experience a depressive episode within six weeks of another episode.
Adjustment disorders cause excessive reactions to situations involving sudden change, loss, or illness.
If you continue to experience frequent depressive episodes after trying therapy, medication, and lifestyle modifications, you may have treatment-resistant depression.
Depression affects everyone differently, but common symptoms include:
While some people experience obvious symptoms of depression, others may not realize why they feel sad or disconnected from others. An accurate depression diagnosis allows the Alevea Mental Health team to create an individualized treatment plan that improves your mental, emotional, and physical health.
The team works with you to create an individualized treatment plan that suits your individual needs. Some of the depression treatments the team may recommend include:
Most depression treatment plans involve a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes to address your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
To learn more about depression, call Alevea Mental Health or schedule an appointment online today.