Depression commonly manifests physically, through stomach pains, headaches, disrupted or excessive sleep, and motor control difficulty. While the causes of depression are unknown, a predisposition for it runs in families and it can be triggered by trauma and adverse life circumstances. Depression is diagnosed more frequently in women and tends to display differently in women than in men.
People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall. Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other and people with depression commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse alcohol and drugs or overeat as a way of coping, causing them to develop other medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.
Depression is a mental illness which is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms including:
Diagnosing depression involves a psychiatric evaluation and physical tests to determine whether a person’s symptoms are actually being caused by a different disorder. A person must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Every case is unique and requires individual attention, but there are a number of effective complementary ways of treating depression, including:
- Talk therapy
- Adopting a healthier lifestyle
Anxiety can feel overwhelming, but it's manageable with a little help. Transitions Psychotherapy specializes in helping clients, in Monterey and beyond, treat anxiety disorders with a mix of talk therapy and focus on developing a variety of coping skills.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a complex condition that requires a combination of medication, therapy, and other supports for effective treatment. Transitions Psychotherapy offers bipolar treatment in the Monterey area and beyond, helping clients live more stable and fulfilling lives and minimize the disruption of manic or depressive episodes.