Depression is a physical, mental, and emotional condition. It can also hit anyone at any time. When faced with issues such as life altering events, persistent stress, loss, or simply bad luck, many people find themselves struggling with a deep sadness or emptiness that alters how they think, feel, and react to others.

Major Depressive Disorder is the clinical name for those that are living with chronic depressed mood. It is a condition that affects thousands of men and women throughout Kansas City, MO. It is also treatable, which is why one of the most important things you can do is seek out help from a Kansas City psychologist.

What is Major Depressive Disorder?

Major depressive disorder, which is usually just referred to as “depression,” is best known as a deep and persistent sadness or loss of interest in outside activities. It can develop slowly over time, or it may occur suddenly after a major life event. It can be triggered by stress, hormonal changes, sleep, diet, trauma, or by nothing at all.

Everyone experiences sadness in their lives. What separates sadness from major depression is its severity and its longevity. Major depression symptoms may include:

  • Persistent negative thinking.
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping or fatigue).
  • Irritability or withdrawal.
  • Lack of pleasure in activities that were once pleasurable.

In more severe cases, those with major depression may have suicidal or dark thoughts. Those with these types of thoughts are almost always said to have major depression, and benefit from an immediate treatment.

Treatment for Depression in Kansas City, MO

If you feel that you may be struggling with depression, it is never too early to seek help. One of the symptoms of depression is feeling like there is no hope for a better future, and yet research has consistently shown that depression is a treatable condition. There are many effective therapies/interventions that can help you manage or eliminate your depressive symptoms.

Here at Friendly Psychology, I always do my best to create an environment that is geared towards your recovery. I use evidence based practices that are known to help improve depression, and I try to create a safe space where you feel comfortable to share what you’re feeling.

If you would like to learn more about my depression treatment options in Kansas City, including my Telehealth options, please contact me today at 858.224.3767 or email me at DrRanda@FriendlyPsychology.com.