Depression invades every aspect of your life, draining your energy and, along with it, any desire to get out of bed or interact with people. Kelly Thompson, LCSW, understands that it's hard to reach out for help when you feel depressed. She makes it easier by providing mental health care through telemedicine, allowing you to get the therapy you need without leaving the security of home. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Waco, Texas, or book online today.
Many people put off getting help for depression, thinking that they will eventually feel better. While the blues improve on their own, don’t expect the same if you have clinical depression. Depression is a complex mental health condition that gets worse and depletes your energy.
Without treatment, depression makes it increasingly difficult for you to engage in your daily activities or meet your responsibilities. You may take time away from work or school or go to work but find your performance slumps.
Ongoing depression also increases your risk of developing other mental or physical problems. For example, many people with depression also develop anxiety or turn to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to feel better.
If you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer or think about suicide, it's time to seek help. With therapy, you can find your way out of depression and back to a thriving life.
Depression causes symptoms such as:
You may also have physical symptoms. Depression often leads to headaches, stomach aches, and chronic muscle, joint, and back pain.
After learning about your symptoms and completing an assessment, Kelly recommends a treatment plan that fits your unique mental health needs. Depression treatment typically includes talk therapy, antidepressant medications, or both.
Kelly uses many therapeutic approaches to treat depression. For example, she may help you work through the life transition or challenge that caused your depression. Therapy can also help you change the negative thinking patterns that develop during depression. Many people improve with therapy alone; others need medication.
Depression is associated with an imbalance in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that regulate your mood. Antidepressants lift your depression by restoring balance. However, medications don’t work quickly, and for some, antidepressants don’t help. For these reasons, therapy serves as the foundation of your treatment.
If you feel depressed, don't wait to seek help. Call Kelly Thompson, LCSW, or schedule an appointment online today.