Find Therapy for Depression in Portland, OR

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Clinical depression (also referred to as major depression), postpartum depression, dysthymia, and seasonal affective disorder are depression-related mental health issues that affect thousands of people in the state of Oregon. As men, women, and even children may experience severe symptoms of depression, concerned family members may choose to find a therapist in Portland as soon as signs of depression become evident.

Individuals with major depression may exhibit a range of adverse psychological, physical, and social symptoms. Depression symptoms which are psychological may include persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, guilt, low self-worth, irritability, and a lack of motivation. Additionally, physical depression symptoms may include slowed movements and speech, body aches and pains, constipation, lack of appetite, weight loss, and difficulty sleeping. Social symptoms of depression may include a drop in work or academic performance, avoiding friends or family, and not participating in social activities or hobbies.

Evidence highlighted by the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests that current modes of depression treatment can be effective for people who access psychotherapy. In many cases, the APA recommends that psychotherapy should accompany treatment regimens involving psychotropic medication, such as antidepressants. These medications may be prescribed by a licensed psychiatrist. Therapists in Portland may offer different forms of psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or psychodynamic therapy, for different types of depression symptoms. Talk therapy may be delivered in a one-on-one or group setting depending on the needs of the person in treatment.

Although antidepressant drugs do play a role in improving mental health, some individuals with mild to moderate depression symptoms may choose to access psychotherapy alone. This decision may allow for symptomatic relief, while avoiding the negative side effects that can accompany some antidepressant medication. The choice should be considered carefully by you and your psychiatrist or physician.

References:

  1. American Psychological Association. (2010). Depression: How psychotherapy and other treatments can help people recover. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/topics/depress/recover.aspx
  2. National Health Service. (2015). Antidepressants - side effects. Retrieved from http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Antidepressant-drugs/Pages/Side-effects.aspx
  3. National Health Service. (2014). Clinical depression - symptoms. Retrieved from http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Depression/Pages/Symptoms.aspx