Depression Treatment

Saint Sophie's Psychiatric Center

Fargo, North Dakota

Depression Treatment

At Saint Sophie's Psychiatric Center, we provide the best possible depression treatment for patients of all ages.

What is Depression?

In the U.S., around 6.7% of adults suffer from a form of depression each year. It is a treatable disorder that affects how a person feels and acts and is usually associated with sad emotions. Depression often develops during the late teens to mid-20s. However, it can occur at any point in a person's life and negatively affects their ability to function at home and work. People who deal with depression experience both emotional and physical problems.

The Different Types of Depression

The nine types of depression that a person can be diagnosed with are:

  • Major Depression
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Situational Depression
  • Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression
  • Atypical Depression

Depression Symptoms

There are a variety of symptoms which include:

  • A depressed mood
  • Feeling worthless
  • Loss of interest
  • Increased fatigue
  • Slowed movements
  • Trouble concentrating

Causes of Depression

A wide variety of causes can contribute to this condition. Sometimes hormonal imbalances will trigger a depressive mood. People are more likely to develop depression if they have a family history of the condition. Changes in someone's brain chemistry may also result in depression.

Risk Factors of Depression

Some of the risk factors of depression are:

  • Specific personality traits
  • Traumatic events
  • Serious chronic illness
  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors

How is Depression Diagnosed?

When it comes to diagnosing depression, doctors will screen patients by asking standard questions. The questions serve as a way for doctors to identify all the symptoms a patient has. There may also be a physical examination and a personal interview to determine possible causes. If a patient has at least five symptoms for two weeks, then they are diagnosed with depression.

What Are the Treatment Options for Depression?

It is highly advised for patients to seek depression treatment soon after getting diagnosed. Treatment options include:

Medication Management

A psychiatrist will evaluate a patient's need for medication. They will prescribe medication such as antidepressants. They will ensure that their patients properly take medications until symptoms improve.

Psychotherapy and Counseling

Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy is a form of counseling that enhances a patient's thoughts and behaviors. Psychiatrists use cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT to manage depression.

Treatment Prognosis

For medication, patients often see progress in the first several weeks. It usually takes two or three months for antidepressants to take full effect. Psychotherapy can take 10 – 15 sessions before a patient sees significant improvement. The length of treatment may vary depending on the severity of the condition.

Effective Treatment Options for Depression

If you are suffering from depression, seek help from our team at Saint Sophie's Psychiatric Center. Our counselors’ and psychiatrist's dedication to managing and treating depression is unmatched. To learn more about how we can help, submit a contact form or call us at (701) 365-4488 today.

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