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Mental Health Experts on Depression

Depression is a widespread and significant medical illness that negatively influences how you feel and how you act. Depression may cause feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. While no cure exists for depression, there are several different treatment options available with ketamine infusions being a newer option which has a 70% success rate nationally.

RISING DEMAND FOR HEALTHCARE

A poll of almost 1,800 psychologists published in November 2020 indicated they were seeing a flood of patients experiencing anxiety disorders compared to pre-pandemic levels, and 60 percent were found to be treating more patients with depressive disorders. Of those psychologists, about 30 percent said they were treating more patients overall. The increased workload is becoming daunting. Two mental health professionals chimed in on their pandemic-era capacity.

Brooke Huminski, a psychotherapist and licensed independent clinical social worker in Providence, RI, who specializes in treating people with eating disorders said, “Never at any time in my practice have I had a five-person waiting list.”

Austin, Texas-based Dr. Gregory Scott Brown, the director of an outpatient psychiatry clinic, said the influx of patients seeking care has forced him to hire an additional nurse practitioner to help treat more patients. “I’m busier than ever and just don’t have room,” he said. “I’m full.”

IT’S OK TO FEEL BAD IN ROUGH TIMES

People who experience symptoms of depression and other mental health illnesses often struggle with feeling that if they’re not happy all the time, then something’s seriously wrong with them. But according to Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez, Assistant Professor, the Department of Psychology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, good mental health doesn’t mean you’re happy 24/7. Many everyday emotions are “integral parts to being alive,” she said. In fact, Dr. Gomez said that reacting happily following bad news, especially during a global pandemic, “would be abnormal.” She said, “If you’re struggling, there’s nothing inherently wrong with you.”

Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, agreed and stressed, “When people say, ‘it’s okay not to be okay’, I want you to really hear that.” She further noted there is no playbook for navigating such unprecedented stress levels and the human body wasn’t built for it.  

A common form of treatment for people who suffer from depression is psychotherapy, traditional medications, and now newer treatment options like ketamine. Mental healthcare professionals stress that it’s important to find a treatment you’re comfortable with and stick with it as prescribed.

DEPRESSION MEANS PRIORITIZATION

During high-stress moments in life, whether it’s the effect of a global pandemic or something else, mental healthcare professionals say it’s important to stay centered, and prioritize little things to help remain grounded. Joey Lusvardi, a psychiatric physician assistant, and Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reiterated that mental health is the foundation we build our lives upon, and we can’t ignore the little things – cleaning the house, maintaining personal hygiene, and reaching out to friends and loved ones with Zoom calls and other mediums.

TYPES OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Many kinds of mental health care professionals can help diagnose and treat depression and other conditions. They often work in in-patient facilities like general hospitals and psychiatric facilities, and out-patient facilities, such as community mental health clinics, private practices, and schools. 

The following professionals handle assessment and therapy:

  • Psychologists, who typically hold a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or another specialty such as counseling or education. They specialize in evaluating someone’s mental health through clinical interviews, psychological assessments, and testing.
  • Counselors, clinicians, therapists, and other masters-level health care professionals are trained to gauge a person’s mental wellness and employ therapeutic techniques based on certain training programs.
  • Clinical social workers are trained to diagnose your mental health through therapeutic techniques built on certain training systems. They also have experience in advocacy services and case management.

Some healthcare professionals can issue prescriptions to treat depression symptoms, but it varies based on state laws. One innovative new treatment is ketamine infusion therapy. They include:

  • Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors with specific psychiatric training. They can identify mental health conditions, prescribe, and monitor treatment and provide therapy.
  • Psychiatric or mental health nurse practitioners who provide assessment, diagnosis, and therapy for mental illness or substance use disorders.
  • Primary care physicians and pediatricians, though you may be better served by seeing someone who specializes in mental healthcare.
  • Family nurse practitioners can offer general medical services which are like those of a primary care physician, depending on each state’s laws.
  • Psychiatric pharmacists are advanced-practice pharmacists specializing in mental health care.

Exodus Health offers innovative new treatment alternatives that have been shown to rapidly improve the symptoms of depression in hours versus the weeks that antidepressants can take. If you or a loved one are struggling, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about the clinical use of ketamine to help treat the symptoms of depression.

Depression

Techniques to Naturally Manage Depression

Sadness is a normal part of human existence, but that doesn’t make it any easier. A ton of things in everyday life can lead to sadness: loss, hopelessness, disappointment, guilt, shame. Sometimes it doesn’t take as much – you may be sad simply because it’s a rainy day when you hoped you’d see some sunshine.

That said, sadness is just one part of the human emotional spectrum, and is ultimately a good thing in a backwards sense. After all, it is the bad times’ existence that allows us to appreciate the good times in the first place.

Sometimes, sadness goes above and beyond the normal levels. If your sadness is especially intense or long-lasting, you may instead be suffering from clinical depression.

Depression

Depression, also known as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition accompanied by intense sadness, lack of interest in things you used to enjoy, and social isolation. One in three people will suffer from a major depressive episode at some point in their life.

Symptoms of Depression

Physical signs and symptoms of depression include the following:
• Loss of appetite and excessive change in weight
• Loss of interest in pleasurable activities and hobbies
• Lack of energy and fatigue
• Changes in sleep patterns, either sleeping too much or too little
• Slowed thinking and speaking

Psychological symptoms of depression include the following:
• Chronic feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness
• Difficulty making decisions
• Consistent self-critical thoughts or guilt
• Thoughts of suicide or self-harm

How To Stop Depression

Social Support Net

Depression is an incredibly socially isolating condition. It can make a person feel completely alone and makes you lose any sense of objective perspective on your own life. This condition gets in the way of your personal relationships and tries to make you withdraw from everything.

As overwhelming as it may be at first, an extremely important part of the road to recovery is reaching out for support. That support can come in many forms: friends, family, a support group, therapists, etc.

Spend Some Time On Yourself

Sure, this one seems pretty obvious. But in the middle of a depressive episode, it can be difficult to find anything that you really enjoy. Even old hobbies might not be fun to you anymore. Take some time to care just about yourself – self-care and engaging in your hobbies can be very therapeutic.

Support Your Health

Mental health and physical health are closely tied to one another. For good mental health, make sure to support your physical health: get around eight hours of sleep a night, eat a well-balanced diet, and get regular physical activity.
Ketamine Treatment for Depression
Research indicates that ketamine treats depressive disorders by binding to certain receptors in the brain, increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter glutamate being released. This then sets off a chain reaction that affects thinking and emotional regulation.

This means, in layman’s terms, that the brain reacts to ketamine infusions in a way that triggers hormones that help the brain create more positive emotions. Unlike other treatments, ketamine can provide this relief within hours or days of the first infusion, although it is most successful as a series of infusions. Contact us today at Exodus Heath to find out if a ketamine treatment is right for you.

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