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Depression


Depression infiltrates your life, affecting your performance at school or work and preventing you from enjoying time with your family and friends. Mark Chaney, LPC, has extensive experience treating depression. He provides compassionate care that includes therapy, antidepressants, and recommendations for lifestyle changes that improve your mental health. If you need help finding your way out of depression, you can get the treatment through convenient telemedicine appointments. Call the office in Fort Worth, Texas, or use the online booking feature today.

Depression Q & A

Do I need help with depression?

Depression frequently gets confused with the blues. As a result, people with depression keep expecting to feel better, while their friends suggest they just need to snap out of it.

However, depression and the blues are not the same things. The blues will improve on their own; depression won't. Depression is a serious mental health condition that persists or gets worse without treatment.

You should consider scheduling an appointment with Mark when your symptoms last longer than two weeks or you have thoughts of suicide.

What symptoms does depression cause?

When you're depressed, you experience many of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, and sad
  • Withdrawing from your partner, family, and friends
  • Losing interest in the activities you usually enjoy
  • Eating more or less than normal
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Struggling with insomnia
  • Having a hard time concentrating
  • Being unable to make decisions
  • Thinking about suicide

You may also have physical symptoms without an identifiable illness. For example, you may have chronic muscle or joint pain, headaches, and gastrointestinal problems.

How is depression treated?

Mark performs a psychological assessment before creating a customized care plan that meets your needs. Your depression treatment may include:

Talk therapy

Talk therapy may be all you need to recover from depression. During your therapy, Mark may help you talk about the event that triggered your depression. Therapy can also focus on identifying and changing negative thoughts and behavior patterns or teaching you new coping skills to deal with the challenges that contribute to your depression.

Medication

Many people with moderate to severe depression benefit from antidepressants. However, medications don't always work for everyone, and they often take weeks before your symptoms improve. As a result, most people get the best results by combining medication with therapy.

Lifestyle changes

Mark understands the impact of diet, exercise, sleep, and overall health on depression and may recommend changes to support your mental health. For example, exercise boosts brain chemicals that improve your mood, and a healthy diet ensures you have the nutrients needed to produce mood-regulating brain chemicals.

If you struggle with ongoing depression, call Mark Chaney, LPC, or book a telemedicine appointment online today.

Mark Chaney LPC