Everyone will feel sad at different points in their lives, maybe after a loss, when something does not go the way you want it to, or in response to a traumatic event. Sadness, which may or may not have an identifiable cause, is often associated with forms of depression and can leave you feeling like you may never feel happy again. Yet with the right support, you can reduce feelings of sadness and other negative emotions that may accompany depression and once again feel happier and more positive.
Aware Behavioral Health provides this support through customized and judgment-free treatments for depression in Dallas. We create a plan that relies on methods like medication, psychotherapy, and more to help you start to feel like yourself again. Schedule an initial consultation at 888-677-4562 to learn more about how we treat feelings of sadness in Dallas and what improvements you can expect.
When Should You Get Treatment for Sadness or Depression
Sadness that will go away on its own and more persistent depression can have many of the same symptoms, and it can be difficult to know when you should consider talking with a Dallas psychiatrist and getting help with your symptoms.
In many cases, a diagnosis of major depressive disorder or persistent depressive disorder can stem from what are initially feelings of sadness after an event occurs in your life. This can make it difficult to determine when your emotional response has transformed into a mental health condition that needs treatment.
But this highlights a key difference between sadness and depression. Sadness is an emotion you can feel in response to something. Yet even when you are feeling sad in your life, you will likely still have moments of joy or excitement based on what you are experiencing.
Depression is a mental health condition that affects all of your thought processes and emotions. With depression, it can be very difficult to experience any feelings that are not negative, including sadness, irritability, hopelessness, and disinterest.
Some of the indicators of both sadness and depression, outside of simply feeling sad, can also include:
- Feeling tired.
- Experiencing deep guilt.
- Having physical symptoms like headaches.
- Experiencing a change in appetite.
- Losing interest in things you otherwise enjoy.
One of the more extreme symptoms of depression that clearly distinguishes it from sadness are persistent thoughts about death and any thoughts about suicide. These are indicators of depression and should prompt you to see a psychiatrist immediately.
While the remainder of these symptoms are the same for people who are sad and depressed, the length of time that they last can generally distinguish when sadness has become depression. Sadness will last for about two weeks at most before you notice the symptoms starting to fade. Depression can last for months or years. With sadness, you often can also identify a reason why you are feeling sad. With depression, you may not have an obvious cause.
Anytime you have noticed that feelings of sadness have become extreme or are holding you back, speaking with a psychiatrist in Dallas can help you to determine if treatment will be valuable for you and help you reduce feelings of sadness.
Depression Treatment from a Dallas Psychiatrist
Sadness and depression can both be difficult to experience and are often highly personal challenges. This is why it is important for Dr. Sehdev of Aware Behavioral Health to take the time to understand your thoughts and feelings in regards to sadness or depression. We create a sympathetic and accepting environment where you will feel comfortable discussing any concerns you may have.
To help us provide the best symptom management, Dr. Sehdev uses a wide range of treatments in order to customize your care and can prescribe effective medications that will help you reduce feelings of sadness including options like:
- Tricyclic Antidepressants
- MAOIs, and Others
We often use medication in conjunction with additional treatment methods, like psychotherapy and TMS, to help you improve your overall well being and address any other mental health concerns you may have.
With mental health treatments that cater specifically to your needs and a compassionate friendly team led by Dr. Sedhev, we help you reduce feelings of sadness, depression, and anxiety for clients in Dallas, Bedford, Fort Worth, Grapevine, and more. Make an appointment to meet with a depression psychiatrist at 888-677-4562 or by sending us a message through our online form.