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Treatments and Symptoms of Depression

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Depression is a mood disorder with symptoms that can range from mild to life-threatening. It's a complicated disorder because it can negatively impact so many aspects of a person's life, from physical health and job performance to parenting and personal relationships. People who are depressed feel helpless and hopeless that life will never improve.

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Treatments and Symptoms of Depression

  1. 1. Don’t Suffer Through Another Day. Only one in four people who suffer from depression seek help, Feeling Hopeless: despite the wide availability of effective treatment options. How to Recover from Depression Most health insurance policies cover the services of MFTs so long as the services are The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks depression “medically necessary.” This typically includes as the fourth most debilitating condition on earth…just be- coverage for face-to-face sessions for a low heart disease, cancer, and accidents. And it’s dramatically diagnosable mental health problem. Such on the rise worldwide. As life gets more complicated and coverage may be limited. Please contact your challenging, too many of us end up isolated from those who health insurance company for detailed can be a source of comfort and support. information about the coverage available to What can we do? Families who are close, supportive, and you and your family. teach good problem-solving skills to their children reduce the risk of experiencing depression or passing it on to the next generation. Early diagnosis and skillful intervention by a qualified therapist leads to good outcomes for people who are willing to do the difficult but rewarding work of recovery. California Association of If someone you love suffers from depression, talk about an Marriage and Family Therapists action plan and help him or her stay engaged in life. But remember—only the person who is depressed can choose to 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA 92111-1606 Phone: (858) 292-2638 Fax: (858) 292-2666 fix it. www.camft.org Brought to you by the ™ California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  2. 2. Offering Extra Support About Marriage and Family Therapists Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are relationship experts. They work with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, and the elderly, providing support and perspective as patients struggle with life’s challenges. Licensed by the State of California, MFTs are psycho- therapists who are uniquely trained and credentialed to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of issues so individuals achieve more adequate, satisfying and What is depression? What You Can Do Right Now productive relationships and social adjustment. Depression is a mood disorder with symptoms that can range from mild to life-threatening. It’s a complicated Recognize depression early. Depression can happen to The California Association of Marriage and Family disorder because it can negatively impact so many as- anyone. It’s not a character defect, a weakness, or a shameful Therapists (CAMFT) is an independent statewide non- pects of a person’s life, from physical health and job condition. It’s a serious disorder that no one is immune to. profit organization made up of over 29,000 mental health performance to parenting and personal relationships. professionals. CAMFT is dedicated to advancing People who are depressed feel helpless and hopeless Engage in your life. If you are depressed, you may feel like marriage and family therapy as a healing art, science, that life will never improve. you don’t have an ounce of energy or motivation to tackle and mental health profession. In fact, CAMFT sponsors Depression is not caused by a single event or family depression. And yet, recovery requires your active participa- TherapistFinder.com™ so Californians can gain access to “gene.” Rather, it’s a combination of family history, per- tion. Be willing to take the first step, even though it’s not qualified local experts who can help. sonal temperament, physical health, quality of relation- easy. ships, life events chemical imbalance, and many other factors. Because it so frequently shows up in combina- Build your skills. Learn why you are vulnerable to depres- ™ tion with other medical and psychological problems, it’s sion and specific ways to become more resilient by breaking important to get a complete physical examination from unhealthy patterns of thoughts and behaviors. Developing Seeking a Marriage and Family Therapist or other mental a medical doctor as well as a diagnosis by an experienced, good coping and relationship skills can reduce both the fre- health professional to assist with life’s difficulties is a sign of well-trained therapist. quency and severity of depression episodes. courage and a step in the right direction. Always ask about a therapist’s special areas of expertise (e.g. grief counseling, Signs and Symptoms Find the right therapist. Look for therapists with training children’s issues, relationship counseling) before you engage Symptoms for depression vary widely by individual and and experience in treating depression, as well as someone in therapy to ensure it’s the right fit for you. severity, but may include: Feeling sad and/or irritable who is warm, supportive, and goal-oriented. Use short tele- TherapistFinder™ is a California-wide interactive, online Changes in weight or appetite phone interviews to shop for a good fit with potential thera- directory that is user-friendly and searchable by name, location, Difficulty sleeping pists. Ask about availability, fees, if they accept your health and area of expertise. It’s your introduction to one or more insurance, and how they approach problems like yours. qualified psychotherapists who hold a California license. Feelings of guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness Inability to concentrate, remember things, or make decisions Be optimistic. You have every reason to believe you can get Thoughts of death or suicide better with effective treatment. While anti-depressants are not a cure, they can be very helpful to some people in man- It’s time to seek professional help if you are suffering aging depression. Whether or not you choose to use medi- with symptoms that interfere with the quality of your cine to manage your symptoms, therapy gives you the long- life or your depression is negatively affecting the people term skills you need to live a productive, fulfilling life. you love. Seek help immediately if your depression is causing thoughts of death or suicide. Don’t wait!

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