Major Depressive Disorder

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Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, is a complex mental health condition that affects millions worldwide. It’s a persistent dark mood that affects your emotions, behavior, and relationships. At Amend Wellness, we believe in a comprehensive approach to treat and manage depression, offering our clients the necessary tools and resources to lead fulfilling lives.

Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

Clinical depression brings a constellation of symptoms that can vary in intensity and duration. For a diagnosis of MDD, symptoms must be present for at least two weeks and cause significant distress or impairment in daily functioning. 

  1. Persistent sad or empty mood: While most people experience short-lived bouts of the blues, major depressive disorder causes a prolonged sadness that persists for most of the day, almost every day, affecting multiple facets of your life.
  2. Loss of interest or pleasure: Previously enjoyable activities or hobbies no longer hold appeal.
  3. Fatigue or loss of energy: Feeling persistently tired or drained, even after a good night’s sleep.
  4. Difficulty concentrating or indecisiveness: Tasks that once seemed simple may become insurmountable obstacles.
  5. Changes in appetite or weight: These could manifest as weight gain or loss without intentionally changing your eating habits.
  6. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt: A pervasive sense of being unworthy or undeserving.
  7. Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early.
  8. Restlessness or irritability: An increased sense of agitation or frustration.
  9. Thoughts of death or suicide: Rather than fearing death, people with depression may welcome the idea, and even start believing the world would be better off without them.

Importance of Depression Screening

Depression screening is a simple, yet invaluable, tool. While it is not a substitute for an official diagnosis, it can give you essential context to understand what you are going through.

  • Early detection: Identifying symptoms early can lead to more effective and timely interventions.
  • Understanding severity: Not all depressive episodes are the same. In screening you for clinical depression, a health professional can gauge your symptoms’ intensity and recommend therapy, medication, and specific lifestyle changes.
  • Reducing stigma: Openly discussing depression can normalize conversations about mental health.

Treating Major Depressive Disorder

While there is no cure for clinical depression, comprehensive treatment can help you manage your symptoms and regain your quality of life. At Amend Wellness, we provide a structured environment where you can receive evidence-based therapy tailored to your needs.

  • Therapeutic modalities: We use proven approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. These techniques help you recognize negative thoughts and replace them with optimism. Meanwhile, group sessions, family therapy, and specialized workshops offer new frameworks and support for depression management.
  • Holistic wellness: We believe in complementary practices that nurture our clients’ mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
  • Lab testing: Upon arrival, every client undergoes a comprehensive exam to evaluate their mental health, nutrition, hormones, and lifestyle.
  • Medication management: Our team will prescribe and manage medications as necessary, maximizing therapeutic efficacy while minimizing potential side effects.

Elevate Your Well-Being Today

Major depressive disorder is a challenging condition, but recovery is attainable. At Amend Wellness, we offer top-tier inpatient services to give you the comprehensive care you need in one roof. 

If you or a loved one struggles with MDD, don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions team for assistance today.