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    What is Depression?

    Those times when everything is gloomy, you have low energy, and you don’t want to talk to anyone, or even leave the house. You are home alone, sad, crying for no apparent reason, not eating much, or overeating. This could mean you are suffering from depression. Depression, like other psychological disorders, happens on a spectrum.

    Signs and symptoms of Depression

    Depression presents itself in many different ways:

    • Changes in sleep, eating, and sex patterns
    • Difficulty concentrating and focusing
    • Negative emotions: sadness, pessimistic, hopeless, depleted, lost
    • Being self-critical or self-destructive
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Isolation or avoidance of people or crowds
    • Argumentative or irritable
    • Increased use of alcohol, caffine, over-the-counter medications (analgesics, sleeping pills, laxatives, vitamins), or stimulant drugs.

    Causes of Depression

    Feeling depressed is something that all humans go through now and then. The feeling usually goes away after 4 to 6 months. But, at times, depression stays for a long time and is very intense. Depression can be caused by hereditary (genetic), life events or medical and other psychological issues.

    How we treat Depression

    At Tampa Therapy & Wellness, we often use an integrative approach to treat depression. We use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as psychotherapy, Mindfulness, ACT, EFT, and other types of therapy.

    Typical outcomes of Depression treatment

    After completing treatment, patients can expect to recover from depression and not take any more medications, returning to the optimal level of well-being.

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    FAQ about Depression

    How long will this treatment last?

    Since there are many different levels of depression, it is expected that the duration of treatment depends on the level of depression. It could be resolved in months or in a couple of years.

    Can my depression come back?

    Yes. Life happens. Situations may arise that trigger a depressive episode. However, during therapy you will learn to understand where your depression is coming from. With this understanding, you will be able to understand what to do if it arises. You can always reach out to your therapist and schedule an appointment if you feel symptoms of depression arising.

    Do I have to take medication for Depression?

    Depending on the cases, I might recommend patients see a psychiatrist and start medication. Research says that the best treatment for depression is a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Depression can also be treated without medication.