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Therapist and a Client Using Telehealth to Treat Depression

Depression & Mood Disorders

Therapist and a Client Using Telehealth to Treat Depression

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At Bethesda Therapy, we understand the profound impact depression and mood disorders can have on every facet of your life. We offer a warm, accepting space where you can begin your journey toward recovery with confidence and support.

Understanding Your Experience

Depression and mood disorders encompass a range of conditions, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and persistent depressive disorder, each with unique symptoms but commonly characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or irritability. These conditions can alter your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and overall physical health.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Major Depressive Disorder is more than just a fleeting sadness. It’s characterized by a persistent feeling of despair and disinterest in life. People with MDD may experience significant weight changes, sleep disturbances, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, and recurrent thoughts of death. This condition can significantly impair one’s ability to function daily and enjoy life.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is marked by extreme mood swings, from the highs of mania to the lows of depression. During manic episodes, individuals may feel euphoric, full of energy, or unusually irritable. These periods alternate with depressive episodes where one may feel sad, indifferent, or hopeless. Bipolar Disorder can affect relationships, job performance, and schoolwork, and it requires a nuanced treatment approach.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Persistent Depressive Disorder involves a chronic feeling of depression that lasts for at least two years. While not as intense as major depression, its long-term nature can be just as debilitating. Individuals may struggle with low self-esteem, a feeling of hopelessness, and difficulty functioning which may seem like a permanent part of their character rather than a treatable condition.

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The Impact on Well-being

Regardless of the type, mood disorders deeply affect thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and can lead to various physical health problems. Untreated, they can diminish one’s ability to deal with routine stress and challenges, leading to issues in personal and professional relationships and a decreased quality of life. It’s important to recognize these conditions are not a choice or a weakness but are treatable with the right support.

Treatment Options & Outcomes

Our telehealth services provide a convenient and private means to access care wherever you are in Maryland, Washington D.C., or Virginia. Specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and informed by the principles of treating depression and mood disorders, we craft a personalized plan that addresses your individual needs and promotes lasting positive change.

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Evidence-Based Treatment Options

We employ evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other modalities to empower you with the tools to navigate and manage your condition effectively. Our treatment strategies are designed to help you understand and reshape your thought patterns, develop coping strategies, and build resilience.

A Collaborative Healing Journey

At Bethesda Therapy, we believe in a collaborative approach. You are an active participant in your healing process. Together, we will explore a variety of therapeutic exercises and discuss medication management if necessary. Our therapists are here to listen, support, and adjust your treatment plan as you grow and heal, ensuring it aligns with your evolving needs and life changes.

Positive Outcomes & Sustainable Well-being

The ultimate goal of our therapy sessions is not just to alleviate symptoms but to achieve sustainable well-being. We measure success by your ability to engage with life more fully, experience improved relationships, and attain a sense of balance. Many of our clients report not only a reduction in symptoms but also an increase in joy, purpose, and satisfaction in their lives.

Bethesda Therapy’s Dedication to Compassionate, Evidence-Based Depression & Mood Disorder Care

Our Unique Approach

What sets Bethesda Therapy apart is our holistic, trauma-informed care model. We recognize the nuances of each individual’s struggle with depression and mood disorders and strive to create a sanctuary of safety and compassion. Our therapists are committed to walking with you on your transformative journey toward well-being, providing support and celebrating every step forward.

Joining You on Your Journey

Your resilience inspires us. We are here to offer guidance, support, and a listening ear every step of the way. With Bethesda Therapy, you are not alone in your struggle with depression and mood disorders. Let us join you on your path to recovery and rediscover the joy and balance in life.


Depression & Mood Disorder FAQs

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.

Getting Started with Bethesda Therapy

We understand that seeking help can be a big step, but remember, you’re not alone. We’re here to support and guide you on your journey towards a more manageable life. Scheduling a consultation with us is straightforward and the first step towards recovery. Reach out to us either by phoneemail or our website form to book your appointment. Be assured, your confidentiality is our top priority, and we’re committed to providing you with the highest level of care. Take that first step today – we look forward to assisting you.

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“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”
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What Colleagues Say About Us

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Rose Bleiweis


Melissa is determined, hard-working, and provides a range of therapeutic interventions. She is committed to professional development to further her clinical skills.

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Jen Lodico


Melissa’s skillset was empowering to work with. She is professional and supportive. Melissa is a fantastic therapist who I cannot recommend enough!
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Beth Cocker


Melissa Murphy is a wonderful therapist. She is kind, non-judgmental and empathetic. She truly understands her client’s needs and takes into account the whole-person. I do not hesitate to refer clients to Melissa and enjoy collaborating with her on cases. She is an excellent therapist with expertise in anxiety, depression, and OCD.

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