Medicine and Treatment for Depression in Murfreesboro, TN
I’m Dr. Helton.
I started practicing medicine in the year 2000, and over the past 19 years have treated and served over 15,000 patients. I’m the current president of the Middle Tennessee chapter of Family Physicians, an Executive board member of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and Chairman of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Family Medicine Department.
Helton Family Medicine, a Mursfreeboro family doctor’s office, helps individuals who are struggling with depression find long-term recovery. Located in Murfreesboro, TN, Helton Family Medicine is a leader in mental health care and depression medication management.
Depression is a common and serious mental illness that negatively affects your behavior , ex., how you feel, the way you think and how you act however this medical condition is treatable. Depression causes feelings of extreme sadness/or a loss of interest in activities or life once enjoyed. It can lead to a series of emotional and physical problems which decreases ones ability to function at work and at home. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living. Depression isnt a weekeness and it’s not as easy as snapping out of it. This mental condition may require long-term treatment. But don’t get discouraged as there is a treatment for this illness. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy or both.
Depression comes in multiple types and many of them have similar recognizable symptoms. Here is a general idea of what comprises depression:
- Constant feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or emptiness
- Irritability, frustration, or restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that used to be enjoyable
- Difficulty sleeping, sleep disturbances, or sleeping too much
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Difficulty thinking clearly, remembering, concentrating, or making decisions
- Appetite or weight changes
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
- Physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or back pain
You may think that these are quite common experiences you may have encountered once or multiple times. However, experiencing some combination of these symptoms for a period of at least two weeks likely signifies that you are in the midst of a depressive episode. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living. Depression isnt a weekeness and it’s not as easy as snapping out of it. This mental condition may require long-term treatment. But don’t get discouraged as there is a treatment for this illness. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy or both.
Depression affects anyone even those who seem to appear normal, lively and happy.
Several factors can play a role in depression:
Genetics: Family history of depression may make it more likely for you to get it. It’s thought that the condition can be passed down.
Death or loss: Sadness and grief are normal reactions however such big stresses can bring triggers of depression, like thoughts of suicide or feelings of worthlessness.
Conflict: Personal troubles or disputes with family or friends may lead to depression.
Abuse: Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can bring it on, as well.
Life events: Sometimes, even good things, like moving or graduating, could make you depressed. This is caused by the sudden change on environment which triggers the feeling of loneliness.
Other illnesses: Sometimes depression pairs with, or can be a reaction to, another illness. Examples include:
- Sleep problems
- Chronic pain
Medications: Depression can be a side effect of some medical drugs you take for another condition.
Substance abuse: Common cause of depression is substance abuse. Some people rely on drugs to relieve emotional stresses which may result to abuse later on.
Other problems. Things like social isolation due to another illness or separation from a family or social group can lead to depression.
Most fear that depression may impact their whole lives forever. However, even the most severe depression is treatable. Learning about the depression treatment options will help you decide which approach is the best for you.
Psychological treatments for depression: (also known as talking therapies) help you by changing your thinking patterns and improve your coping skills on how to deal with life’s stresses and conflicts. Psychological therapies can also help you stay well by identifying and changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviour.
Medical treatment for depression: Commonly known as antidepressant medication. There’s a lot of misinformation about antidepressants however it is seen as the most useful in the treatment of moderate to severe depression and some anxiety disorders.
Each treatment works for different people. Some may do well on one and some others may not. Also, there are cases that medications may be incorporated with psychological treatment to maximize the effectivity of the treatment.
It’s important to remember that recovery doesn’t happen overnight and it can take time, some takes years. Just as no two people are the same, neither are their recoveries. Be patient and go easy on yourself and we’ll be here to help you.