Depression Therapy San Diego
Your source for depression treatment in San Diego, CA.
It’s normal to feel bursts of both sadness and joy in life. But what if these emotional states seem to last longer and cut deeper than normal?
Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities.
Bipolar disorder, previously referred to as manic depression, is a mental disorder that leads to episodes of dramatic mood swings, ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
Possible causes of depression include a combination of biological, psychological and social sources of distress.
Certain mental health research suggests these factors cause changes in brain function, including altered activity of specific neural circuits in the brain. The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest in life’s enjoyment that accompanies major depression can lead to behavioral and physical symptoms that affect sleep and energy levels, concentration and even the will to live. The worst cases end in suicide.
There are many types of therapy available that can be effective in treating depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapies are common methods used to treat mental health conditions such as depression. When using a blend approach is often most beneficial when it comes to treatment for what may cause your symptoms including emotional distress or loss/grief from relationships with people you care about.
Here at BOLD Health, we understand the challenges presented by depression and bipolar disorder. We have extensive experience and deep insight into diagnosing and treating these challenging conditions. Turn to us when you or someone you love is struggling, and we’ll help guide you to better days.
The exact cause of bipolar disorder isn’t known, but a combination of genetics, environment and altered brain chemistry and/or structure can play a major role. Manic episodes may include symptoms such as elevated energy, a reduced need for sleep and even a loss of touch with reality, or dissociative state. Depressive episodes, on the other hand, may be characterized by low energy and motivation and loss of interest in daily activities. Mood episodes typically last a period of days, but can also extend over a week, month or longer. They can also be accompanied by suicidal thoughts.
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Symptoms of Depression
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, it is possible that you have depression: a persistent feeling of sadness, anxiousness or emptiness; feelings of hopeless and helplessness; strong feelings of worthlessness guilt or being overly self critical.
You may also feel irritable with low tolerance for daily frustrations as well as physically drained and experience general sluggishness.
People who suffer from depression often struggle with it on a day-to-day basis, as they may have trouble doing their jobs or going to school due to the serious symptoms of the condition.
They can also feel generally miserable without knowing why and this misery is likely caused by their depressive disorder.
- Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, or hopelessness
- Angry outbursts irritability or frustration over even small matters
- Loss of interest in normal activities such as sex hobbies and sports
- Sleep disturbances including insomnia or sleeping too much tiredness and lack of energy
- Reduced appetite
- Weight gain
- Anxiety agitation restlessness
- Slowed thinking speaking
- Body movements
- Worthlessness guilt fixating past failures
- Trouble thinking
What Causes Depression?
So what causes depression? There are multiple factors that contribute to a depressed state. For some, biological and social changes in the brain's chemistry directly affect mood as well as thought processes.
Chronic physical illnesses such heart disease or cancer may also cause feelings of sadness due to their impact on quality of life.
Many people experience mental distress when they feel out of balance with aspects important for emotional health, like relationships and work satisfaction.
Depression is a common mood disorder that can affect anyone. It’s often triggered by life stressors such as the death of family members or losing a job, but there are other more subtle factors too. Because it manifests differently in different people and its causes aren't always obvious, proper diagnosis requires careful evaluation from mental health professionals like those at BOLD Health who have been trained to make these assessments and treat accordingly!
Our Depression Therapy Treatment In San Diego
We have successfully treated many clients who are dealing with depression and we always use psychotherapy to do so. This is the most helpful way of treating this mental illness for our providers, as they study it every day in their work.
In San Diego, depression therapy has different approaches that focus on identifying psychological causes. We offer sessions with a therapist who will work to uncover factors contributing to your condition and help you find ways of coping effectively with them.
- Therapy allows people to see that they have choices and slowly reincorporates enjoyable activities back into their life.
- Our depression therapists help patients understand which problems in their lives contribute to feeling depressed and how they can work towards solving or improving these. They also explore with them thoughts of the future, helping individuals set realistic goals that enable better mental health going forward. Additionally, our counselors encourage clients by finding out what has worked for similar feelings in the past so as to implement a more positive outlook on life now.
- Individuals suffering from depression may often overgeneralize, thinking about things in terms of "always" or "never." Depressed individuals may also take events personally. If you are dealing with negative feelings, it is important to think more positively and reflect on these issues before they become out-of-control.
- By understanding the learned thought and behavior patterns that contribute to depression, we can help depressed individuals improve their quality of life. For example, by working with a therapist or in group therapy sessions, patients learn more positive ways of interacting with others which helps them cope better emotionally and socially.
At BOLD Health, our San Diego depression therapy sets itself apart by allowing clinicians to create rapport with patients. The staff is selected for their ability to connect, care and be effective in dealing with others. They aren't boring or clinical - fuddy duddys that will make you feel worse and bore you with psycho-babble! Instead they are humorous, knowledgeable, motivating therapists whose sole goal it is help improve your quality of life!
Are you feeling down? Do you think that maybe, it might be depression?
Or have perhaps been formally diagnosed with the condition by a doctor after an in-depth evaluation process. If any of these are true for yourself then we may be able to help!
Please give us a call at 760-503-4703 and schedule your free phone consultation to see how our San Diego therapy can benefit you.
When should you seek help for depression?
If you are depressed, make an appointment with your doctor or mental health professional such as BOLD Health as soon as possible. You can also talk to a friend or loved one about seeing someone for treatment. If that does not work there are other options like talking to any healthcare provider, faith leader, or trusted person in general
When you should seek emergency help?
If you are thinking about suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately!
You can also consider calling a doctor/mental health professional, friend/family member, minister/spiritual leader (or someone else from your faith community).