What is depression?

Depression makes it hard to reach out for help, but treatment is essential because depression doesn’t improve—it worsens over time. At Intuitive Mind Behavioral Health in New Braunfels, Texas, Lydia Kimeli-Pope, MSN-PMHNP, offers compassionate care for depression, creating individualized treatment plans that integrate medication and therapy. Don’t wait to take that first step toward overcoming depression. Call the office today or use the convenient online booking form to request an appointment.

Depression is a mood disorder that affects your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Your depression may range from mild to severe, but don’t underestimate mild symptoms. Without treatment, your symptoms keep progressing and can last months or years. For some, depression causes overwhelming hopelessness and leads to serious consequences, such as thinking about death and committing suicide. Depression arises from many possible sources. Genetics, brain chemical imbalances, childhood trauma, and life events can all factor into your risk of developing depression. No matter the cause, treatment at Intuitive Mind Behavioral Health can restore balance and improve your mood.

Are there different types of Depression?

The primary types of depression include:
Several types that were once separate disorders are now included under the MDD umbrella because they share the same symptoms.
For example, postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder are MDD subtypes.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression makes you feel sad, steals your energy, makes it hard to go to work, and stops you from enjoying life.
The list of symptoms includes:

How can I help someone with suicidal ideation?

When you see signs in a friend or family member, the best thing you can do is talk with them. Be direct and ask them about their thoughts. It’s also vital to learn if they have a plan.

You can encourage them to

the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number. They will immediately connect with a person trained to help.

If they’re a veteran, they can call the

If it’s an emergency and you’re with someone who’s about to kill themself,

How is depression treated?

Treatment for depression usually includes antidepressant medications and talk therapy. Your provider may recommend medication first to help you overcome the severe depression that makes it hard to participate in therapy. However, antidepressants need a few weeks to take effect, and during that time, therapy can help you start healing from depression.

Depression doesn’t improve on its own, so don’t wait to seek treatment. Call Intuitive Mind Behavioral Health today or connect online to request an appointment and start depression treatment.

Depression can also cause physical symptoms. Many people have muscle aches, headaches, and chronic pain unrelated to health conditions.



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