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Treatment - Resistant Depression

Everybody feels sad sometimes; bad moods are part of life. But what happens when the blues go on and on without a break? If you're feeling down and that feeling is interfering with work and daily life, you might be experiencing depression.

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Treatment - Resistant Depression
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Depression Test

More serious than a bad mood, depression is a common mood disorder experienced by many. It's often referred to as major depressive disorder or MDD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 21.1 million US adults experience a major depressive episode each year.

NIMH also cautions these mood disorders are also more common in women. The symptoms of depression in women may be due to social and biological factors.

Fortunately, major depression is treatable – even treatment-resistant depression, which we'll discuss later on this page. We've also included a short, FREE depression test below. While it's not an official diagnosis, our depression quiz can provide insight into whether you're feeling downstream or in need of depression treatment.

The Symptoms of Depression

How Do I Know if I’m Depressed?

The easiest way to determine if you're depressed is to think about how you've been feeling in the past few weeks. Have you found yourself constantly feeling sad or just sort of numb? Have you been overeating, or skipping meals? How have your sleep patterns been? Has anyone told you you've seemed restless or sluggish?

Feeling sad, down, or empty

Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed

Easily angered or irritated

Low energy

Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping

Changes in appetite or weight

Anxiety and restlessness

If any of these describe how you've been feeling lately, it may be time to seek depression treatment. Our depression test can give you a better idea if your symptoms match up with those associated with MDD.

Am I Depressed?

Everyone feels sad from time to time, but depression is different – it lasts. Left untreated, depression robs us of life experiences and numbs us to the possibility of joy. If you're concerned about your current emotional state, please take the short depression quiz below.

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Depression Test

Complete this quiz to find out if you’re showing signs of depression. Check one answer for each question that best describes you for the last few weeks.

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Did Our Depression Test Give You Insights? The Edge Treatment Center Can Help

If our depression test gave you some insights into how you've been feeling in the past few weeks, Mood disorders are serious mental health issues that can affect anyone. Left untreated, they can disrupt lives, lead to substance abuse, and even be potentially fatal through suicide.

Fortunately, these mood disorders are also treatable. At The Edge Treatment Center, we offer a range of treatments to help people find the relief they need. Our team of mental health professionals is here to walk alongside you on your journey toward feeling better. We provide comprehensive treatment plans that include medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative therapies like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

We understand that mood disorders can make life difficult but don't give up hope. Contact us today for more information about our depression treatment plans and services or to schedule an appointment. Together, we'll work to find the best possible solution for you.

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A Quick Word About Clinical Depression versus Depression

According to the Mayo Clinic, major depression or major depressive disorder is also known as clinical depression. If you've ever entered the phrase "clinical depression vs depression" into a search engine while looking for clinical depression treatment, you're basically searching for the same thing. We'll stick with major depressive disorder on this page. Here is a quick guide to some of the other forms of depression:

Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD): MDD is the most common type of depression. It involves persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and/or low energy that last for more than two weeks.

Other symptoms of MDD include:

Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed

Changes in appetite

Trouble sleeping or oversleeping

Anxiety and restlessness

Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or helplessness

Thoughts of death or suicide

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a form of depression that appears during certain times of the year, usually during the winter months when there's less natural sunlight. Symptoms include feeling depressed, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and changes in appetite. Treatment typically involves light therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

Persistent depressive disorder is a long-term form of depression marked by an ongoing feeling of sadness or pessimism that lasts for at least two years. PDD groups together two other depressive disorders, dysthymia (persistent low-grade depression) and chronic major depression.

Loss of interest in regular activities

Feeling down or hopeless

Depressed mood for much of the day, nearly every day

Trouble sleeping or oversleeping

Low energy and fatigue

Difficulty concentrating

Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or helplessness

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. It's marked by periods of mania (high energy), depression (low energy), and mixed states (a combination of both). People with bipolar disorder often experience difficulty managing their emotions and may have trouble functioning in everyday life. Treatment for bipolar disorder typically involves a combination of therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a form of depression that occurs after childbirth. It affects about 15% of all new mothers and can last for days, weeks, or even months after delivery. Symptoms of this mood disorder include feeling overwhelmed, mood swings, difficulty bonding with the baby, feelings of guilt or inadequacy, anxiety disorders, irritability, lack of interest in activities once enjoyed, exhaustion, problems with sleeping, or appetite changes. Postpartum depression treatment typically involves therapy and/or medication management to help manage symptoms.

What Is Treatment - Resistant Depression

Treatment-resistant depression is a type of major depressive disorder that doesn't respond to traditional treatments. It's also known as "refractory depression" or "treatment-refractory depression."

If standard depression treatments, such as medication and/or talk therapy, don't work for you, you may be struggling with treatment-resistant depression. It's estimated that 33% of people diagnosed with depression symptoms are affected by this type of depression. It's important to note that when your doctor diagnoses you with treatment-resistant depression, it doesn't mean you're out of luck. Innovative treatments and therapies are available, although these may require more effort on your part to find a provider.

Depression treatment options for treatment-resistant depression include psychotherapy and emerging techniques like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive procedure that uses powerful magnetic fields to treat depression. During TMS, an electromagnetic coil is placed near the head and used to stimulate areas of the brain associated with depression. The stimulation has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression in people who haven't responded well to other treatments.

It's recommended that you talk to an expert about all available options for treating your depression before deciding on any course of action or treatment plan. Additionally, our depression test can provide insights into your moods, which can help you identify signs and symptoms of depression so you can get help right away if needed.

What Is Anxious Depression?

Anxious depression is a type of depression characterized by simultaneous feelings of sadness, worry, and anxiety. People with anxious depression may feel overwhelmed or scared in situations that other people find manageable. They might also experience physical symptoms such as headaches, chest tightness, and heart palpitations.

Treatment typically involves a combination of medication management, therapy, lifestyle changes, and relaxation techniques to help manage the symptoms of both depression and anxiety. Plus, TMS is also a great choice for treating anxious depression. It's important to seek professional help if you think you're experiencing this type of depression. Early diagnosis and treatment can lead to improved outcomes for those living with anxious depression.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Depression

Anyone can take this short quiz. Whether you're feeling down in the dumps or just curious about your mental health, our depression quiz is designed to help you get a sense of whether or not you may need depression treatment. Please consider each question in the quiz carefully. It'll ensure your results are accurate. Again, this quiz is not intended to be an official diagnosis. It's here to give you insights into how you've been feeling recently. If you believe you may be experiencing depression, it's important to get the help and support you need. Our test can provide a starting point for your journey toward recovery. If you score high on our quiz, we recommend talking with a doctor or other healthcare professional about receiving an official diagnosis and learning more about treatment options.

Any mental health diagnosis must be made by a doctor, a mental health professional, or a licensed healthcare professional. This depression test is more of an informal assessment. Its intent is to help you consider receiving depression treatment. Many people stop short of seeking depression treatment because they think their concerns aren't serious enough or somehow undeserving of professional depression treatment. If you're feeling down, it's important that you know you don't have to suffer in silence. This depression quiz is a helpful tool for helping you decide whether or not to pursue effective treatments for mood disorders. A test for depression and anxiety can also help your doctor assess the severity of your symptoms and determine the best course of action.

Yes. Depression is a serious illness that requires professional treatment. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, therapy and/or medication may be recommended. If your depression isn't responding to treatment, don't give up! Treatment-resistant depression is common and can be managed with effective treatments. Your doctor may suggest a different approach or an adjusted dose of medication if you're finding it difficult to get relief from your symptoms. It's also important to keep up with any recommended lifestyle changes – like developing healthier habits, managing stress in more constructive ways, and getting regular exercise – as these can help reduce the severity of depression symptoms. Left untreated, depression can rapidly become a serious problem. Depression has been shown to play a role in multiple health conditions, such as heart disease. Complications of major depression can include an increased risk of suicide. That's why it's so important to take this depression test and talk to a doctor if you think you may be suffering from depression. At the end of the day, remember that seeking professional help is never a sign of weakness. In fact, it takes strength to recognize when something needs fixing and ask for assistance. If you think you might be suffering from depression, take our free depression test today for insights.

That's a question without an easy answer. Some forms of depression can be seasonal; others may have less severe depression symptoms over a long period of time. In general, severe depression lasts a long time without treatment. Also, forms of depression caused by outside factors -- the death of a loved one, or a change in employment -- tend to not last as long. Depression treatment has been proven to make depression go away, or at the very least lessen the symptoms of depression.

Depression is a complex disorder that can have various forms and presentations. The most common type of depression is major depressive disorder (MDD), which involves persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and fatigue.