About 16 million American adults experience at least one episode of depression in a given year. Child, adolescent, and adult psychologist Michael Messina, PsyD, treats depression with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) at his practice in Southlake, Texas. For compassionate and effective depression treatment, call or book an appointment online today.
Depression, also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is more than just sadness.
This serious mental health condition causes unyielding feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that hinder day-to-day functioning.
Without treatment, depression can negatively affect major areas of your life, including:
Depression may lead to a lack of focus or motivation at work. This may cause you to lose your job or get passed up for a promotion. You may also take more sick days during depressive episodes.
Depression can have a devastating effect on families and relationships. You may withdraw from loved ones and experience a decreased libido (sex drive). This can lead to conflict, disharmony, and resentment in relationships as well as difficulty maintaining friendships.
Depression can affect people differently. People with depression experience changes in how they think, feel, and behave. Common signs and symptoms of depression include:
You may also experience physical symptoms, like unexplained body aches, headaches, and digestive problems.
The exact cause of depression varies from person to person and may be difficult to determine. Factors that may contribute to depression include:
Cognitive factors, like self-criticism, low self-esteem, and negative thoughts can also lead to depression.
First, Dr. Messina performs a complete psychological evaluation. If you or your child has depression, he creates a personalized treatment plan.
The most effective treatments for depression include medication, psychotherapy, or both. Severe depression that involves thoughts of suicide may require hospitalization or an in-patient or outpatient treatment program.
If you’re having suicidal thoughts or urges, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
Dr. Messina uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat depression in adults, adolescents, and children. CBT helps you change your thoughts and behaviors so you can live a healthier, happier, and more productive life.
If you or your child suffers from depression, call the office of Dr. Michael Messina or book an appointment online today.