Depression is a common, but debilitating mood disorder, which affects one’s ability to think, feel and/or perform daily activities such as eating, working and sleeping.
Since, untreated depression is associated with increased risk of suicide behavior, it is important to look for early warning signs. If you know anybody who looks hopeless or shows other possible signs of depression, help them get immediate medical attention. Timely treatment with medication and behavioral therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help them avoid related complications that include suicide as well.
Athena Behavioral Health understands how devastating depressive disorder can be. Therefore, we have provisions for specific evaluation and treatment plans, keeping in view the safety of patients, especially those harbouring suicidal thoughts.
Medications: At Athena, we prescribe proven antidepressants, antipsychotic medications and mood stabilizers to ensure speedy recovery.
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is an evidence-based treatment for depression. The most commonly used psychotherapies to relieve depression include:
Alternatively, approaches such as practicing meditation, mindfulness, and yoga and concentrating on healthy nutrition can work wonders to ward off depressive symptoms.
Most patients suffering from depression are reluctant to seek necessary treatment owing to the fear of stigma that follows mentally ill patients.
We, at Athena Behavioral Health, are aware of the problem and take the following steps to help people battling depression enjoy a better quality of life:
Generally, the symptoms of depression are analyzed on self-reported and basis of self-experience. For example, ‘I feel sad’ may or may not qualify for a diagnosis of major depression. To see whether it actually qualifies or not, rigorous evaluation from an expert is required. We have a complete set of assessments to ensure proper diagnosis and intervention for successful treatment.
Athena Behavioral Health is also engaged in organizing different mental health training programs for people in distress to help them resume a normal life.
To get proper treatment, it is important to be watchful of any possible signs of depression, which may include:
If early treatment for depression is not sought, it increases the risk of severe comorbidity, suicide ideation, suicide attempts, and mortality. Non-treatment also increases the burden of depression in terms of costs for caretakers, medicine, and lost productivity.
An effective treatment strategy for depression would require a combination of psychotherapies, medicine and alternate therapies. Our experienced team assesses the patient for symptom severity and duration and assigns them a score. This score determines whether a patient is affected by depression (0-7) and if they have mild (8-13), moderate (14-23) or severe (24+) depression. This score dictates the combination of therapies and medicines to be used for treatment.
The main reason why people shy away from depression is the stigma associated with mental health disorders. The other reason is that they do not take mental health disorders seriously. People do not understand that mental health disorders need the same kind of treatment as physical health disorders. Untreated mental health disorders lead to further severe complications affecting the quality of life of the patient as well as the caretaker.
If you or a loved one have been experiencing the symptoms of depression for two weeks or more, then it is time to seek professional treatment.