Depression is a serious mental health condition can be triggered by many things, such as an event, loss, grief, or physical illness. It can also occur spontaneously or be a symptom of another issue such a trauma, medical conditions, substance abuse or changes in the brain.
It’s essential to figure out what’s happening in your brain. Sometimes an assessment by a psychiatrist is indicated to determine if medication could be a good route. In cases of severe clinical depression, it’s important to take a team approach and get as many people as needed on board (PCP, psychiatrist, acupuncturist, family member, etc.). In my office, we use a client- centered treatment plan that approaches depression from all angles including: psychotherapy; medication management with a psychiatrist; engaging in a values driven life; behavioral activation (getting you out of your head and into your body can be one of the best ways to kickstart the healing process); being heard, validated and understood, as well as alternative approaches that may include meditation, nutrition, etc….