Mental Health: Symptoms and Treatment of Depression

12.23.2017
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Whitney Bailey

Dr. Spine dresses up as Sigmund Freud as he discusses the topic of mental health celebrating the origins discovery and treatment of depression. He states that depression is a medical condition that can be treated with medication, psychotherapy, and taking action to find a role that is meaningful for you.

Depression involves problems with the brain chemistry. It affects cross talk between neurons in the brain called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are molecules that flow from nerve to nerve in the brain.

puzzle that says depression with pieces scattered

Symptoms of Depression

Dr. Spine states that depression is curable. However, the symptoms of depression are subtle and could include the following:

  • Feelings of sadness that could last a couple days to a period of weeks.
  • Increase or decrease in appetite.
  • Sleeping for long periods of time.
  • Substance abuse could occur.

“What’s really most important is recognizing your symptoms and getting help that works.”

Treatment for Depression

“Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to size up your symptoms to see that you are safe to choose medications and directly make life changes,” says Dr. Spine. He also states that antidepressants coincide with psychotherapy along a good support system of family and friends. He shares that while antidepressants are very effective, keep in mind that it does take a few weeks to get the proper dose adjustments.

Dr. Spine concludes his video with this uplifting message:

"When you get good treatment you understand yourself better. With medications your mood lifts, you see possibilities in your life that you didn’t have before and you move forward with a productive life.”

Check out Dr. Spine’s full video.

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