Depression infiltrates every aspect of your life, from affecting your performance at school and work to causing health problems. The mental health team at Notre Dame Behavioral Health understands that it's hard to reach out when you feel down and have no energy, but they make it easier for you by offering telemedicine as well as in-person appointments. You only need to take that first step, and then they can help you get treatment that improves your mood. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office in Surprise and Peoria, Arizona, or use the online booking feature today.
Many people put off getting help for depression because they think they will get better without treatment. However, depression is a complex condition that may be triggered by stressful life events, and it persists due to an imbalance in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters).
Depression develops when you have low levels of the neurotransmitters that regulate mood. And this brain chemical problem doesn’t improve without treatment.
When you don't get treated, your ongoing depression has a significant impact on your daily life. You may take time off from work or school, find that your performance suffers, and develop insomnia, to name a few effects.
People with depression have a high risk of substance abuse. And sadly, without treatment, an estimated 20% of people eventually commit suicide.
For all of these reasons, you should contact Notre Dame Behavioral Health when your symptoms get worse, your depression lasts longer than two weeks, or you think about suicide.
You might not have all of the symptoms in this list, but most people have multiple signs of depression, including:
Depression commonly causes physical problems such as headaches, body aches, and digestive problems.
The team at Notre Dame Behavioral Health often begins your treatment with antidepressants. Though many patients also benefit from counseling, the nature of depression — feeling withdrawn, sad, and unable to communicate — makes it difficult to engage in talk therapy. As a result, it often helps to begin with medications that lift your mood.
Antidepressants work by increasing brain levels of neurotransmitters. That process can take time, so your provider stays in close touch with you. They monitor your symptoms, adjust your medication if necessary, and offer other help like therapy when needed.
Many patients get the best results by combining medication with therapy. Studies show that several types of therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, improve the symptoms of depression.
Don't wait to get help while hoping your depression improves on its own. Call Notre Dame Behavioral Health or book an appointment online today.