While temporary feelings of sadness or emptiness can affect you after a stressful event, ongoing depression is a mood disorder that brings emotional and physical challenges and can make day to day life difficult. Known as both major depressive disorder and clinical depression, this is the most common form of depression experienced by teens, adults, and seniors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Aware Behavioral Health, led by Dallas Psychiatrist Dr. Surin Sehdev, offers depression treatment in Dallas. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Sehdev combines medically assisted treatments with other forms of care to give you both immediate and lasting relief from the symptoms of depression. Contact us at 888-677-4562 to learn more about how we diagnose and treat clinical depression.

Distinguishing the Symptoms of Clinical Depression

Depression is not just a feeling of sadness, and some adults diagnosed with depression may not describe their emotions using the term “sad” at all. Instead, every person can experience depression with differing symptoms. Some of the most common include:

  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of Interest in Previously Enjoyed Activities
  • Weight Gain or Loss
  • Appetite Gain or Loss
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Loss of Energy
  • Trouble Sleeping or Excessive Fatigue/Sleeping
  • Trouble Focusing
  • Unexplained Physical Pains
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Short periods of a depressed mood can happen to anyone from time to time. To distinguish it, major depressive disorder occurs when you experience a depressed mood for two or more weeks, have at least some of the above symptoms, and have a shift in your day to day functioning.

Clinical depression can occur in episodes lasting a few weeks, months, or years. In some cases, it may last indefinitely without treatment. While some people wait for depression to go away on its own, it is better to consider seeking out help from a trained psychiatrist that offers tools to help you take control of your mental health again.

Psychiatric Treatment for Depression in Dallas, TX

Our clinical depression treatment at Aware Behavioral Health begins with an examination of your symptoms and any existing diagnoses you may have from another doctor. We then use this information to determine a treatment plan adapted specifically to you.

Antidepressants are one of the initial ways we help to manage symptoms. The medications we often use include:

  • SSRIs
  • SNRIs
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants

There are other medications beyond these that we can also prescribe if these options are not effective. What Dr. Sehdev prescribes will depend upon your symptoms, previous experience with depression medication, and other factors. Each depression treatment plan we design for our patients is adapted to their specific needs and based on what Dr. Sehdev learns about your challenges with depression.

Medication helps make symptoms of depression more manageable. We also use psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other psychological treatments to better improve the ability to cope with depression and other stressors in the long term.

Depression can also occur in combination with substance abuse disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and other mental health conditions. Because Dr. Sehdev is experienced with all of the various psychological disorders patients face, he can work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses these symptoms as well.

Why Seek Depression Treatment with Aware Behavioral Health

Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you feel – and that means that it can also affect your optimism and energy to cope with depression. That’s why there is so much value in seeing a licensed psychiatrist in Dallas can help you regain control of your mental health.

Dr. Sehdev creates an environment where you are supported and your needs are met, with medication, therapy, and other treatments that are able to help you cope with and eventually recover from depression. Contact us today to learn more about our services, or to get started with an appointment.