What is MDD? Symptoms and Treating Major Depressive Disorder

When people think of depressive disorder, chances are, they are thinking of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This type of depressive disorder showcases all of the typical symptoms of depression that are showcased in the media like on TV or in movies. So, it’s one of the most distinguishable types of depression. But, many people who are living with MDD may not understand what the symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder are. Or, what treating Major Depressive Disorder looks like. For these individuals, it can be helpful to understand this information before moving toward getting help in managing symptoms of depression.

Identifying What Major Depressive Disorder Is

Sadness is a normal human emotion that is typically experienced when something traumatic or life-changing happens. But, people living with depressive disorders like Major Depressive Disorder experience sadness more frequently and sometimes even without cause – disturbing daily life and leading to debilitating mental and physical health symptoms. According to statistics, Major Depressive Disorder is a mental health illness that affects over 17 million adults in the United States, which is over 7% of the national population.

MDD can come with life-altering effects that can change the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. These effects can also lead to damaging effects on both physical and mental health. This is why it’s so important for people who believe they are living with MDD to seek help. Treatment is available and successful for people living with depressive disorders like MDD. And, there are a variety of different types of treatments and treatment services for those who are willing to reach out for professional help.

Some of the Signs and Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

Recognizing some of the signs and symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder in your life may be what you need to identify whether or not you may be living with this common mental health condition. And, give you the information you need to move forward with depression screening. Some of the signs and symptoms of MDD can include:

  • loss of interest in previous hobbies and passions
  • feelings of despair, hopelessness, and sadness
  • self-destructive and/or behaviors (using illicit substances, drinking and driving, having unprotected sex, etc.)
  • intense mood swings – typically irritability and anger
  • development of sleep disorders like insomnia or sleeping too much
  • loss or gaining of weight
  • neglecting to take care of oneself (eating, showering, etc.)
  • slower movements and cognition
  • decreased concentration
  • suicidal thoughts, ideation, or behaviors
  • physical side effects like muscle aches, stomach pain, headaches, etc.

Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder can come in waves and last for 2 weeks or more. They can also differ from person to person. So, even if you aren’t experiencing all of these symptoms, you may still be living with an undiagnosed depressive disorder.

Treating Major Depressive Disorder

If you think you may be living with a depressive disorder like Major Depressive Disorder, there are some treatments available that are proven effective in reducing the severity and frequency of symptoms. This way, you can have more control over depression’s hold on your life and live a life of better mental and physical well-being. Some of the available treatments for Major Depressive Disorder include:

Antidepressants: Prescription psychiatric medications like SSRIs can help to stimulate areas of the brain that aren’t producing or releasing mood-managing chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters responsible for a person’s day-to-day moods. These prescription medications help many who are living with depressive disorders have more control over their depressive symptoms.

Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral therapies like DBT and CBT help to teach people with depressive disorders how to cope with symptoms. And, develop ways to handle triggers that can lead to depressive disorders. They can also help to curb behaviors that develop as a result of untreated depression.

TMS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a type of newer depression treatment that is typically suggested for people living with treatment-resistant depression. These are people who don’t respond well to traditional treatments like antidepressant medications. This treatment works by stimulating areas of the brain that aren’t producing balancing brain chemicals normally by using electromagnetic waves that are sent directly to the brain with a device.

Getting Help for Depression at Delray Brain Science

If you think that you or a loved one is experiencing Major Depressive Disorder, Delray Brain Science can help. We offer a number of depression treatments like TMS, Ketamine Infusion Therapy, and more. Find out more about our depression treatments and services from our website.