One of the most devastating mental illnesses that impacts women is depression. This mental health condition is often misunderstood – feeling down or sad occasionally is natural, but depression goes much deeper. This mental health condition can overtake your mind and body, impacting every aspect of your life. At FEM Women’s Wellness, our compassionate therapist offers depression treatment for women at our facility in the Lake Tahoe, Reno and Carson City, NV, area.
Depression is different than the normal ups and downs everyone faces. Women who are depressed feel sad or hopeless the majority of the time, which can last for weeks, months or years. There are different types of depression – the major depressive disorder can severely impact all aspects of your life for two weeks or more, while dysthymia is a type of depression that lasts for years but may not be as severe as major depression. There are also event-related depressive disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or postpartum depression.
Symptoms of Female Depression
Each woman may experience depression differently, which is why many women may not recognize the signs. The symptoms may vary in severity depending on the type of depression. Some women may have several symptoms while others may only have one or two, lasting for two weeks or longer. The symptoms may include:
- Quick to anger or annoyance
- Deep sadness or crying
- Lowered energy
- Changes in eating – eating too little or too much
- No longer enjoying hobbies or activities you once did
- Thinking about suicide, death or hurting yourself
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Sleep disorders – insomnia or sleeping too much
- Physical distress – consistent headaches, stomachaches, general pain
When these signs and symptoms affect you the majority of the time for two weeks or more, you may be experiencing depression. Treatment is available for this disorder, which can help you recover your life.
Depression treatment can include seeing a therapist to work through the triggers of your depression. Some patients may also benefit from medication combined with therapy. At FEM Women’s Wellness, every patient receives personalized depression treatment plans to achieve the desired outcome for their mental health.
If you have signs of depression, do not wait to seek treatment. Contact our compassionate team at FEM Women’s Wellness to schedule a session with one of our therapists at our center in the Reno, Nevada, area.