Psych2Go’s Monica Taing and Emma McAdam from Therapy in a Nutshell discuss How to Process Your Emotions. Get your questions answered live from Psych2Go’s Michelle in this special episode!
You’ll learn what it means to process your emotions, the main principles of emotional processing, and actionable strategies to process your emotions. You’ll then be able to engage with us live to have your questions answered.
Live on 15:00 EST 9 February 2023
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Depression – What You Need to Know
Depression is a disorder that affects how you feel, think and act. It can cause problems with your relationships, work and daily activities. Symptoms of depression can be serious and last for weeks or months.
It can also make you want to hurt yourself or commit suicide. Getting help is the best way to overcome it and improve your life.
How to get diagnosed with depression: A health professional will ask you questions about your symptoms, thoughts and behaviors. They will also do a physical exam and do lab tests to check for any medical conditions.
Medications, psychotherapy and other treatments are the most effective ways to treat depression. Treatment often takes time and can be frustrating.
The key to getting treatment for depression is finding a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and who has experience working with patients with your symptoms. Look for a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed mental health counselor.
A therapist can help you identify your patterns of behavior and teach you new skills to deal with them. Therapy can involve one-to-one sessions or group meetings in which you share your feelings and experiences with others.
Your therapist may also use a form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This approach uses positive reinforcement and changes your thinking habits to improve your mood.
It can be a good idea to try psychotherapy before medication, as it may be more effective for some people with depression. During therapy, your therapist will help you explore the causes of your depression and develop strategies to overcome them.
Depending on your situation, you might also need to take antidepressant medication or a combination of medications. Almost all antidepressant medications take a while to work, and some are less effective than others.
The medications are used to reduce your level of the chemicals in the brain that contribute to feelings of depression. These are known as neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters include serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
There are different classes of antidepressant medications, each designed to act on a different class of neurotransmitters. Some of them are prescribed for short-term use only while others are prescribed for longer periods of time.
They have side effects that can include stomach upset, drowsiness and dizziness. Taking these medications can also interfere with other medicines you’re taking.
Your doctor might recommend antidepressant medications if you’ve tried other treatments and they haven’t helped. They can also be helpful for people who have severe or long-lasting depression.
You might also need antidepressants if you have a medical condition that makes you more likely to get depressed. For example, some people who have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome might be treated with antidepressants to help ease their pain and reduce their symptoms.
Some types of antidepressant medications can also be used to treat anxiety. Those medications, called tricyclic antidepressants or TCAIDS, can help calm nerves and relieve stress.
It’s important to note that some antidepressants may interact with certain drugs and alcohol. So it’s important to tell your doctor about all of the medications you’re taking, including supplements and over-the-counter products like cold remedies or herbal teas.