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FAQs

Depression & Mood Disorders

Depression and mood disorders are more than just feeling sad or going through a temporary phase of feeling down. They are serious medical conditions that can profoundly affect a person’s ability to function in daily life. Conditions like Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Dysthymia involve persistent changes in mood, energy, and motivation, often accompanied by physical symptoms such as changes in sleep and appetite, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

At Bethesda Therapy, we approach these disorders with a combination of empathy and expertise. Utilizing telehealth services, we ensure that help is accessible to those in need across Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. Our evidence-based methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), are designed to provide relief and promote recovery​.

Therapy is a cornerstone treatment for depression and mood disorders, offering a way to work through the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of these conditions. In therapy, individuals learn to understand and manage their symptoms, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and set the stage for recovery and improved quality of life.

At Bethesda Therapy, we specialize in personalized care plans that may include individual therapy, skills training, and practical strategies for managing symptoms. Our treatment is informed by the latest research and tailored to each individual’s unique experiences and needs, supporting you every step of the way on your journey to wellness.

The treatment of depression and mood disorders aims to reduce symptoms, improve mood and functioning, and prevent recurrence. Clients can expect to gain a deeper understanding of their emotions, learn to navigate life’s challenges with increased resilience, and ultimately experience a more fulfilling and engaged life.

At Bethesda Therapy, our outcomes are focused on sustainable well-being. We measure success by our clients’ ability to engage with life fully, maintain healthier relationships, and achieve a sense of balance and contentment. Our therapists are dedicated to providing the skills and support needed to make these outcomes a reality for each person we work with​.

Everyone experiences sadness from time to time, but depression is different. It’s a persistent condition that affects how you feel, think, and handle daily activities. Symptoms such as a deep sense of hopelessness, lack of energy, and loss of interest in activities that once brought joy must be present for at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.

At Bethesda Therapy, our specialists understand these nuances. Through comprehensive therapy, we aim to lift the fog of depression, helping clients rediscover pleasure in life and regain their sense of purpose.

Yes, depression and mood disorders can have significant physical health implications, including disrupted sleep, chronic fatigue, appetite changes, and pain without a clear cause. These conditions can also increase the risk of heart disease and alter the course of chronic diseases like diabetes.

Our holistic approach at Bethesda Therapy addresses both the psychological and physical aspects of depression. By integrating mind and body wellness strategies, we support clients in achieving overall health, ensuring that both mental and physical well-being are prioritized in their recovery journey.

Medication can be an effective component of treatment for many people with depression and mood disorders. Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and other medications can help balance chemicals in the brain that affect mood and stress. However, medication works best when combined with therapy and healthy lifestyle changes.

Our collaborative care model at Bethesda Therapy involves working with your healthcare provider to determine the best medication plan, if needed, while our therapists provide the supportive space to explore emotional challenges and develop coping strategies.

Supporting a loved one with depression or a mood disorder can be challenging. It’s crucial to offer compassion, understanding, and encouragement. Encourage them to seek therapy, be patient with their progress, and offer to help with everyday tasks.

Bethesda Therapy advocates for a community approach to mental health. We can guide you on how to be supportive while also taking care of your own well-being. Our therapists can also work with families and friends to foster a supportive environment that contributes to the recovery of their loved ones.

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