How to Understand and Treat Depression?

Depression is a serious health problem which is very common in society, but with accurate diagnosis and support, positive results are obtained in treatment. Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital adequately provides many treatment methods with psychotherapy, drug therapy and inpatient treatment program for the resolution of depression experienced by individuals.

The phenomenon of depression, which has serious negative effects on our daily lives, appears with many symptoms and appearances. With a feeling of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness… with restlessness, resentment and irritability… with a deep hopelessness, pessimism and sadness… by making you feel fatigue, exhaustion and loss of energy… by cooling you down from what you previously enjoyed… by giving you difficulty in making decisions, not being able to focus and maintaining attention… by losing appetite or excessive appetite… by making you think about hurting yourself in more extreme situations and by making you make plans or initiatives.

In Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital, the depression problem is addressed in a multi-dimensional and multi-layer treatment process. It is possible for individuals to get rid of depression with psychotherapy, drug therapy and inpatient treatment program.

Depression is a very common health problem in society. It does not indicate a person’s weakness or weakness. The most important element for solving this problem is accurate diagnosis and support in treatment.

Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital, as in other mental and brain health-related diseases, plans a treatment that meets the subjective psychological needs of the person with the most advanced treatment facilities and expert psychiatrist staff that provide the conditions required by science and technology in the solution of the depression problem. Once again, it is worth emphasizing: Depression is a treatable health problem. However, early initiation and regular follow-up of the treatment stand out as an element that increases the efficiency of the treatment…

What Causes Depression?

Sadness and happiness are the most common emotions a person should have. Every individual may feel sadness and unhappiness at certain times in his/her life and these may disappear in a few days. However, this depressed mood of the person lasts for at least two weeks; if the person feels tired, reluctant, depressed, hopeless and unable to perform daily life activities, it is essential to evaluate whether there is depression by a mental health professional. The Medical Team of Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital examines all these causes together and creates a treatment plan with a multidisciplinary perspective. So why does depression occur? This question doesn’t have a simple answer! Because there is not only one reason for depression… 

Depression may develop as a result of the interaction of many genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors. Let’s explain these factors a little more:
 
Genetic Factors: The likelihood of depression in a person is related to the presence of a history of depression in family members. However, this does not mean that every individual with a family history of depression will experience depression. Studies show that both genetic and environmental factors are effective in the emergence of the risk of depression.

Biological Factors: Some chemicals provide the communication of nerve cells in our brain. Dopamine, noradrenaline and similar chemicals, especially serotonin, are responsible for this communication. Research proves that when there is a disturbance in the balance of these substances in the brain, symptoms of depression occur.

Environmental and Psychological Factors: Depressive symptoms may also occur as a result of some environmental and psychological factors that the person does not have. All life events that the person describes as negative may cause depression. Examples include financial problems, job loss, academic failure, relational problems, a close loss, accidents, disasters, traumatic experiences, addictions, chronic diseases.

Depression can also accompany heart diseases, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Symptoms of depression may occur in different ways in each individual. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary from person to person. In order to diagnose depression, the following symptoms must impair one’s functionality and last at least two weeks: 

  • A sense of guilt or worthlessness or despair.
  • Restlessness, sensitivity, irritability.
  • Desperation, pessimism, sadness.
  • Fatigue, asthenia, energy loss.
  • Not walking away from previously enjoyed pursuits.
  • Difficulty in making decisions, not being able to focus and maintaining attention.
  • Easy anger, anger, frequency in interpersonal conflicts.
  • Loss of appetite or excessive appetite.
  • Sleep less or more than usual.
  • Decrease in sexual desire.
  • Undetermined pain, cramps or digestive problems.
  • Self-harm thoughts, plans or attempts.
  • Hallucination or delusion in rare cases of major (severe) depression.

How is Depression Treated at Moodist?

Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital makes a treatment plan in accordance with the subjective psychological needs of the person in mental and brain health-related diseases, with the most advanced treatment facilities that provide the conditions required by science and technology and with expert psychiatrist and psychologist staff. Depression is a treatable health problem. Early initiation of treatment and regular follow-up increase the efficiency of the treatment.

Treatment methods and supportive approaches used in Moodist include:

  • Drug Treatment
  • Psychometric Tests
  • Psychotherapies (CBT,EMDR,Psychodynamic,Mindfulness,Hypnotherapy,Psychotherapy,Schema,Family, Group)
  • Ergotherapy (Music, Painting, Marbling Art, Ceramics, Handicrafts, Body and Motion Therapy, Sports, Kitchen Workshop)
  • Psychological Education
  • Somatic Treatments (ECT,TMS)
  • Rehabilitation Programs
  • Inpatient Treatment

Moodist’s Treatment Approach

In Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital, it is explained to the patient and patient relatives that a way should be followed in accordance with the treatment method determined. Moodist specialists can resort to various psychological tests to make the correct diagnosis and to create an effective treatment plan. These psychometric tests performed by specialist psychiatrists and psychologists are scientifically based measurement and evaluation tools.

Psychotherapies are very important in dealing with depression, recognizing symptoms, early detection, increasing treatment compliance and social-occupational functionality. Moodist Medical Team applies individual psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR (desensitization and reprocessing with eye movements), Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, Psychodrama, Schema as well as therapeutic methods such as family and group therapies in the treatment of depression. 

At Moodist, you can consult your therapist without hesitation about what therapeutic approach, how therapy has an impact on depression, how you can benefit at the end of therapy, and other questions like this.

At Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital, ergotherapy activities including music, dance, marbling art workshop, painting, sports and ceramics are also carried out to help patients recover, socialize and lead a healthy life, to improve their self-confidence and abilities and to enable them to reflect these developments in daily life.

Problems also occur in the family as a result of depression. For this reason, the medical team of Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital includes family members in the treatment process and conducts informative psychoeducation studies on bipolar disorder for families. In this way, it was observed that the rates of discontinuation of treatment decreased and the dilemmas in the family’s relations with the patients were defined and the compliance within the family increased. It is also worth knowing that patient, understanding and supportive approaches as well as regular and long-term therapies can be used to obtain results and the physician should not be changed frequently.

In Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital, ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy) and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) treatment can also be applied when necessary. Electroshock is given to the anterior part of the brain under general anesthesia with ECT during periods of intense resistance to treatment and disease. Since the person is under anesthesia, he/she does not experience ECT treatment exactly. With this treatment, rapid release of brain biochemicals is seen. Clinical improvement is achieved by applying TMS to predetermined areas related to mental illnesses and creating electrophysiological changes there. During the application, the coil forming the magnetic current is placed over the scalp to the point where the target brain region is located. It is applied over the scalp without any intervention to the body. According to the diagnosis of psychiatric disease, the target area and the severity of the magnetic current to be applied are determined.

Depression treatment can be sustained in many ways. The place of inpatient treatment is of great importance. Especially in cases where the patient is likely to harm himself/herself or his/her environment with the condition of not accepting the disease and treatment, hospitalization of the patient is vital. In depression with major depression or psychotic symptoms, hospitalization practices may also be appropriate for the patient.

Patient safety and comfort are at the forefront of Moodist.

Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital has a 75-bed psychiatric inpatient service where patients will receive comfortable and safe treatment. Medical surveillance and interventions are at the forefront in the services where patients do not undergo any additional intervention other than the restrictions deemed necessary by their own doctors and where patients can move to their own rooms and common areas at their own will.

Technical equipment and arrangements are designed with unbreakable glass and soft-angled furniture to eliminate the possibility of patients harming themselves and their surroundings in these services. Experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and assistant health personnel are available 24 hours a day. 

In the service, there is a multi-purpose hall, 1 activity room and 1 smoking room shared by the patients. Inpatients can participate in many studies such as morning meeting accompanied by psychologists and nurses, music, dance, marbling art workshop, painting, sports and ceramics. If the doctors deem it appropriate, the patients can spend free time in the private gardens owned by the hospital at certain times and see their relatives within the scope of the specified visiting hours.

The information on this page has been prepared by the Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital Medical Team.

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