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Shedding Light on Mental Health: A Behavioral Health Specialist's Perspective on Depression

Shedding Light on Mental Health: A Behavioral Health Specialist's Perspective on Depression

Depression is a common and significant medical condition that causes adverse effects on your emotions, cognition, and behavior. Depression triggers sadness and a loss of enthusiasm for previously enjoyed activities. 

Our experienced team at Summit Primary Care believes in taking a holistic approach to health care, encompassing both your physical and mental well-being. Our behavioral health services assist you with understanding how your eating, drinking, or exercise habits can affect your mental and physical health. 

Depression is more than feeling sad

While sadness is a major aspect of depression, depression goes beyond feeling sad. It impacts almost every area of a person’s life, from their thoughts to how they act, and even their physical health, including:

Biological factors of depression

Our behavioral health specialists explain that depression often has a biological basis, meaning a person’s genetics, brain chemistry, and hormonal imbalances can all contribute to the development of the mental health disorder. Our compassionate team looks at each of these factors to guide treatment approaches customized to each individual’s needs.

Psychological factors of depression

People who endure stress and trauma and have unresolved emotional issues have a higher risk of developing depression. Our behavioral health specialists look closely at underlying psychological factors to help promote healing and recovery.

Social influences of depression

Having a supportive network and healthy social interactions are key to preventing and managing depression. Our relationships and social environment can impact our mental health, either negatively or positively.

Depression symptoms

Early detection of depression ensures effective intervention and treatment. Our experienced professionals help identify and diagnose depression by looking for the following symptoms:

Our team stresses the significance of seeking professional help when these symptoms arise. 

Depression treatment and support

Our team addresses depression with customized treatment plans based on each individual’s unique needs. Treatment may include a combination of:

1. Therapy

Evidence-based approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and talk therapy aid individuals in comprehending their thoughts and behaviors, devising coping strategies, and cultivating a positive mindset.

2. Medication

Some people benefit from antidepressant medications to recalibrate brain chemistry and alleviate symptoms. Our medical team meticulously evaluates each situation to determine the most suitable treatment plan.

3. Lifestyle adjustments

Our team believes many people can relieve depression symptoms through lifestyle changes. We stress the importance of self-care, regular exercise, and a balanced diet in managing depression and maintaining good overall health. 

4. Support groups

Connecting with peers experiencing similar challenges offers a sense of belonging and empathy. 

If you or a loved one struggle with depression symptoms, we encourage you to seek assistance. Call the office or schedule an appointment online at one of our offices in La Junta, Denver, Colorado Springs, or Pueblo, Colorado, so you can start feeling better today.

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