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Are you feeling ongoing sadness that makes it hard to function? You might need a Psychiatrist for Depression. Life can feel pretty ‘gray’ if you have depression. In extreme cases, depression may even lead to suicide.

Depression is one of the most prevalent psychological disorders in the world. In the US alone, over 17 million adults have struggled with a depressive episode. Feelings of hopelessness and lack of interest in activities are characteristics of depression.

The cause might be circumstantial, biological, or both. Depression, like other mental health problems, can lower your quality of life. Like anxiety, depression takes many forms: general, seasonal, post-partum. Even grief can lead us to bouts of depression. Working with a good psychiatrist for your mental health can return the spring to your step. Achieve a sense of renewal to your life.


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What Is Depression?

Everybody experiences sadness or loss at times. But when it starts to overtake your daily activities and quality of life then it can be a sign of depression.

The World Health Organization reported that in 2020, more than 264 million people worldwide experienced depression. There is still a significant stigma associated with mental health. Many people's problems are exacerbated by stigma and discrimination.

Depression is a serious medical illness that has a negative impact on how you feel, think, and act. It is not something you can disregard. It is a common mental health disorder that a lot of people struggle with. The best thing you can do is not feel like you are alone and seek professional help.

Mental Health Check: What are the signs that you are depressed?

Here are some of the most common signs of depression

  1. Losing interest in your normal activities

  2. Constant feeling of sadness

  3. Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep

  4. Wanting to always eat or loss of appetite

  5. Lethargy and fatigue

  6. Anger

  7. Trouble concentrating

  8. Low self-esteem  

Everyone experiences different symptoms. Some people may only have 3 symptoms and others will have 5. Everybody experiences depression in their own way.  

Why Does Depression Occur?

For depression, there isn’t one exact cause for why it may happen to someone.

These are some of the leading factors that cause depression:

Life events



Events such as losing a job, getting a divorce, or loss of a close family member or friend can cause depression.

Medication

Medication can cause depression such as birth control. Birth control can affect hormones.

Substance abuse

Substance abuse like alcohol or drugs can lead to depression.

Isolation

Isolation and loneliness can cause depression. This is the feeling of being separated or cut off from friends or family.

Genetics

Family history can have a role in depression. If your parents had depression then you can also end up with it.


The Common Types Of Depression

Depression comes in various types, some being more common than others.

Human psychology can be so complex. These are the different types of depression:


Major Depression

Major depression happens when symptoms last for longer than 2 weeks. It is also called clinical depression. This is where someone constantly feels sad or “empty” inside.

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) used to be referred to as Dysthymia. It is a type of depressive disorder that can affect someone long-term. This disorder is not as severe but can still make it hard for someone to enjoy moments in their life.

The key difference between PDD from Major depression is that it lasts for at least two years.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a disorder affected by the changing seasons. Although SAD is most common during the fall and winter, it is still possible to occur during spring and summer.

People with SAD lose interest in normal activities. They experience symptoms of depression such as oversleeping.

Situational Depression

Situational Depression is referred to as Adjustment disorder. It is when you experience a traumatic situation or event. This can be losing a family member or going through a divorce. The situation makes it hard for you to function in your daily life.  


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How to Get Help: Is Depression Treatable?

 There is no cure for depression but there are treatments that can help make your life better.

Psychiatric Help for Depression: Different Treatments for Your Mental Health


One way is to get prescribed antidepressants such as SNRIs, SSRIs, TCAs, MAOIs, and NASSAs. But, it is possible for depression to come back if you stop taking antidepressants. Antidepressants' side effects include anxiety, headaches, and weight gain.

Another treatment for depression is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is when a patient works with a professional. either one on one or in a group and figures out the root of the depression. From here the therapist will help the patient overcome the issue.

For example, if the patient’s source of depression comes from negative thoughts like “I am dumb.” The therapist will help train them to replace it with something positive. A better statement would be “it’s okay not to be the smartest person.”

Over time, this will improve their lives and help them beat depression.

Depression and Health: What you need to do to get better

Exercising:

Watching your health and being active helps manage depression. Whether it’s weight lifting or going on runs, exercising can help reduce stress. Exercise boos your endorphins and help increase your self-esteem.

Meditation:

Taking a little time out of your day for meditating can help ease depression. The power of meditation creates awareness of negative thoughts. Practicing meditation allows you to be more in control of your thoughts.

Limiting Alcohol:

Depressed patients often find themselves relying on alcohol. They claim it makes them calmer. but, this will actually make the depression worse. Your health is in your habit.

By reducing alcohol consumption, the negative effects afterward won’t be as severe.

Eating Healthy:

Getting good nutrition in your body can help your mental health.

There is a link between depression, health, and eating habits. Eating habits that are focused on good health, give you more energy and boost your mood.

Studies found that people who ate a poor-quality diet were more likely to have depression.

  • Example of a poor diet:

  • high in processed meat

  • chocolates

  • sweet desserts

  • fried food, refined cereals

  • high-fat dairy products

Eating food with nutrients like vitamin C, D, and vegetables is a healthier option. Also, whole-grain foods and fatty acids can help make you feel better and more energized.

What is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. They can also help you with emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that have finished medical school and residency. They have extra psychiatric training to equip them in handling mental health issues. They provide treatment for mental illnesses by diagnosing illness, managing medication, and providing therapy.

To become a psychiatrist, you must:

  • First complete medical school.

  • After this, you must get a license to practice medicine, you must first pass a written exam.

  • Next, complete a four-year psychiatry residency.

  • Psychiatric training is needed for at least three years. This is where you learn how to diagnose and treat mental health issues. This includes various types of psychotherapy.

  • They must learn how to use psychiatric medications in conjunction with other treatments.

FAQ: Getting Psychiatric Help

What does a psychiatrist do for mental health?

Upon your visit, psychiatrists check all your mental and physical symptoms. They make a diagnosis and collaborate with you to develop a treatment and recovery plan. Psychiatrists treat patients psychologically, prescribe medications, and therapy.

How do psychiatrists help people with depression?

Depression can have physical causes. Because of this, a psychiatrist can prescribe medication. This medication treats anxiety and other symptoms you may be experiencing when appropriate.

A combination of medication and psychotherapy can help treat depression. In the field of Psychiatry, this is found to be an effective practice.

A psychiatrist can prescribe antidepressants but doesn't always provide counseling or psychotherapy services. But, they will refer patients to therapists if they do. A clinical psychologist is a professional who provides therapy to individuals or groups.

What kind of psychologist do you need to help you with depression?

There are a variety of medical and mental health professionals who can assist you in treating your depression. They can help get you back on track. It's good to learn the distinctions between them. This will let you make an informed decision about which one is best for you.

General practitioner (GP)

A GP is a medical doctor (MD) who has completed four years of medical school. This is followed by a residency and, in some cases, a fellowship. GP's and family doctors can screen for depression and prescribe antidepressants. If they think you need more, they can also refer you to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor.

Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD). They are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders such as depression. They are physicians who have completed an undergraduate degree in psychiatric care. They should have also studied psychiatric care in medical school and residency. A psychiatrist can prescribe antidepressants, for example. However, psychiatrists do not always provide counseling or psychotherapy services. But they will frequently refer patients to therapists if they do.

Clinical psychologist

A clinical psychologist is a professional who provides therapy to individuals or groups. They have completed a five-year doctoral program in psychology. They should have earned a PhD. They could also have studied PsyD.

PsyD is less research-focused and focuses more on the clinical treatment of mental health conditions. Most states do not allow psychologists to prescribe medication.

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Psychologists are actively involved in studying and understanding mental processes, brain functions, and behavior.

Licensed mental health counselor (LMHC)

An LMHC has two to three years of graduate counseling training. LMHCs focus on school counseling, community counseling, marriage, and family counseling. They can also help in substance abuse treatment through counseling. Many states mandate that counselors be certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Prescription medication cannot be prescribed by counselors.

Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)

LCSWs receive approximately two years of graduate training in therapy. This is followed by an internship and supervised field experience. Like counselors, they do not give out medication.

Psychiatric-mental health nurse

A psychiatric-mental health nurse has at least a master's degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing. They should be capable of assessing and diagnosing disorders. Advanced psychiatric nurses, also known as clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners (NPs), work as clinical nurses in hospitals, private clinics, and other treatment facilities. They will help in providing psychotherapy and, in some states, medication prescriptions.

Work With An Expert

Getting professional help from people like Dr. Arthur Bregman is important. They make the process of overcoming depression much easier for you. You can only expect the best psychiatric treatment. Depression can make it challenging to do the things you want to do. That is why it’s key to work with the best.

Dr. Arthur Bregman has been a psychiatric practitioner in Coral Gables, Florida, for over 40 years. In 1974, he graduated from New York Medical College with a medical degree. He was the Chief Psychiatrist at Miami Children's Hospital for nearly ten years. Dr. Bregman is now affiliated with Jackson South Community Hospital.

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Dr. Bregman became the lead Psychiatrist at Bregman Medical Group in Coral Gables, FL, in 2018. He provides the following services:

  • outpatient psychiatry

  • telepsychiatry

  • therapy

  • teletherapy


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By BregmanMD | September 22, 2021 | Mental Health

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