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Depression

Behavioral Health located in Baltimore, MD

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While some mental health issues can be a debilitating, the Conduit Behavioral Health team in Baltimore, Maryland, led by medical director Temika Heyward, PhD, FNP, CRNP, PMH, offers effective treatment. If you experience symptoms of depression, reach out to the mental health experts today by phone or online. The team also offers telehealth as a convenient option.

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects millions of people throughout the world. It is characterized by persistent and overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in once-used activities. 

Depression goes beyond occasional feelings of sadness or the normal ups and downs of life. Instead, it’s a long-lasting and debilitating condition that can interfere with your daily life, making even simple tasks feel challenging.

What causes depression?

The exact causes of depression often involve a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Some common contributing factors include:

  • Genetics
  • Brain chemistry
  • Stress
  • Certain medical conditions (e.g., chronic illness, chronic pain)

Depression can also be caused by substance misuse.

What are the symptoms of depression?

They can vary from person to person, but some common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleep issues like insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Physical symptoms, like headaches or digestive issues
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

The severity of these symptoms can vary, and you may experience some or all of them. 

How is depression treated?

Fortunately, depression is a treatable condition. Treatment options typically include a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy are common forms of psychotherapy that help individuals address negative thought patterns and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Conduit Behavioral Health also offers a psychiatric rehabilitation program (PRP), providing patients with mental health challenges treatment to help them live independent and healthy lives.

Medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), can help correct imbalances in brain chemistry. In severe cases, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be considered.

Lifestyle changes, like regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management techniques, can also be beneficial in managing depression. Social support from friends and family can provide emotional assistance during the treatment process.

At Conduit Behavioral Health, all treatments are tailored to your individual needs.

If you’re ready to take steps toward managing and overcoming your depression, don’t hesitate to call the office today or use the online scheduling tool when you’re ready.