You are not alone in this.
Depression is more than sadness.
In fact, many women experience depression as a “flatness”, a lack of interest or joy referred to as anhedonia. When you are depressed, it feels like a weight is tied to your neck and everything is so much more difficult. Maybe you stopped enjoying talking to your friends or playing with your kids? Unfortunately, this often makes women feel guilty so now you feel bad about feeling bad. We get it. You just want to feel better, to have your life back.
Symptoms of depression.
Depression can present in many ways but some common sympotms include:
- Poor concentration
- Obsessing on one thought
- Sad mood
- Appetite changes
- Difficulty sleeping
Counseling and Anti-Depressants can help you feel better.
There is help. We see it all the time. A woman just like you comes in (or now is seen on-line!). She has most of the symptoms above and feels hopeless that things will change but there is a small part of her that is willing to try. Maybe that is you. Perhaps, you have tried all sorts of things: self help books, counseling, exercise and you still feel depressed. Lifestyle changes and counseling can go a long way to help, but sometimes you need medication to truly get back to you. It is a thrilling part of our job to help you start a medication and, within weeks, see you improving. However, it is not a quick fix and finding the right antidepressant and dose can take some time. We are able and ready to help you with that process.
Nurtured Well, LLC’s approach to depression treatment in Towson, MD.
We are a holistic practice and will start with a careful evaluation. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners care about you and see you as more than a group of symptoms. There are many factors in your life that affect your mood. We will carefully select the best anti-depressant medication to meet your needs as well as offer support through the process. When medication is chosen and monitored correctly, you will feel like the best version of you. Of course, many medications have side effects. We will take a detailed history and find one with the least amount of side effects and also suggest ways to mitigate side effects. You are not alone, we are here to help.
What is holding you back?
Many women are scared of taking anti-depressants. This is not unreasonable–taking something that changes brain chemistry is a big step. However, most women who work with us often later exclaim “I wish I started years ago!” When medication is done correctly, you will be at your bet you. It should never change your personality. Perhaps the cost of treatment is a factor? It is certainly an investment, however, once you are stable on your medication you will only have appointments quarterly. Due to the specialized nature of our training and focus, we are often able to get to the right antidepressant and dose quicker than a more general practitioner. Many patients also find that their insurance will reimburse them for the visit.
Online depression treatment throughout Maryland
While we offer in person treatment in Towson, MD, we serve the entire state of Maryland through our on-line platform. Yes, we can diagnose and prescribe antidepressant medication completely virtually. This affords you the opportunity to receive quality care from the comfort of your own home. Perhaps, you have been wanting care but don’t know how to fit it into your schedule? Now you don’t need to waste time driving to our office. We also understand that there is a dearth or providers in the southern and western part of Maryland and are happy to fill that need.
The most common medications for depression are in 2 families: SSRIs and SNRIs. Brand names include Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Effexor, and Pristique. They work by increasing the availability of neurotransmitters in your brain.
The relationships you keep and the work you do have a direct impact on your mood. We can not medicate away a bad job or marriage. Counseling helps you gain the tools to form healthy relationships and engage in meaningful actions. We can provide therapy or collaborate with the therapist you already see.
Did you know that the bulk of your Serotonin (one of the key neurotransmitters responsible for mood) is manufactured in your gut? What you eat matters! A simple glass of wine a night when you are feeling well is not a big deal but it can worsen your mood significantly if you are already stressed. A brisk walk can improve it. Let’s get you eating and moving to optimize your mental health.