At least one in 15 American adults experience depression each year, but effective mind-body therapies are available. At Sig: Wellness Studio in State College, Pennsylvania, Candace Good, MD, brings a whole-body approach to treating conditions like depression. If you’re looking for ways to restore your mind-body balance and relieve your depression symptoms, call Sig: Wellness Studio or schedule an appointment online today.
Depression is a common mental health issue affecting at least one in six people during their lifetime. Also known as chemical depression or major depressive disorder, this condition is associated with extreme emotions like sadness that can make it difficult to function at home or work.
There are different forms of depression, including:
Anyone can develop depression, but several factors can increase your chances, including having a family history of depression, having low self-esteem, or being prone to negativity, or exposure to abuse, violence, neglect, or poverty.
While it’s normal to experience feelings of sadness from time to time, symptoms lasting more than two weeks could indicate a depressive condition.
Depression causes a variety of symptoms that can vary from person to person, but often include:
When you’re experiencing depression, it’s also common to have feelings of worthlessness or thoughts of death or suicide.
Having depression is different than the feelings of sadness associated with grief. While the grieving process can share several symptoms with depression, grief typically comes in waves, is often mixed with positive memories, and allows you to maintain your self-esteem. However, grief can trigger major depression in some people.
Depression is a very treatable condition and between 80-90% of individuals find relief from their symptoms.
Dr. Good brings a holistic approach to her psychiatric training to treat mood disorders like depression. During your initial consultation, Dr. Good discusses your personal and family medical history, performs a thorough mental status and targeted physical exams, and may also recommend lab tests to rule out any underlying health conditions.
Based on your diagnosis, Dr. Good often suggests a combination of therapies that might include:
Dr. Good also empowers you better understand the role you play in your own mental health treatment.
Note: Dr. Good views bipolar and psychotic depression as more complex conditions that require a higher level of care and would require a referral from your prescriber.
For more information on managing mood disorders like depression, call Sig: Wellness Studio or schedule an appointment online today.