Depression

Mount Vernon Counseling Center

Depression was once defined merely as an emotional reaction caused by bad events, experiences, or losses. However, we have since learned that sometimes people get depressed during happy times.

We now know that depression can have a biological or psychological basis, so medical treatments, not just psychological treatments, make sense to be used in conjunction with one another.

Common depression warning signs include:

  • Low energy and lack of motivation
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • Sleep disturbances and constant tiredness
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight changes
  • Loss of enjoyment in everyday life
  • Reduced sex interest

What You Need To Know About Medication Treatment

Depression treatment at Mount Vernon Counseling Center is tailored based on individual needs.
Three Critical Factors must be right:

  1. Choosing the right medication
    1. Everyone is built differently and responds differently
  2. Discovering the right dosage
    1. Antidepressants vary more than other medications
    2. Dosage need to be optimized
  3. Waiting for the proper length of time when starting depression medication
    1. The brain is a slow responder
    2. It takes a couple of weeks, assuming we’re using the right medication at the optimal dosage

Our Approach to Depression:

  • Initial Evaluation
  • Identifying all your current concerns
  • Deciding whether will be a good fit
  • Evaluating whether other biological treatments make sense
  • Matching you with a skilled mental health provider at Mount Vernon Counseling Center
    • With “good chemistry” for you
    • With an experienced licensed clinical social worker or counselor
    • With a prescribing psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Active Treatment
  • Scheduling sessions at a sensible frequency
    • More frequent at the beginning so we can fully understand what’s going on, and establish a good working relationship
  • Meeting at least once with a significant other
    • Spouse, parent, adult child or even a good friend
    • We don’t want to be a mystery to people who care about you
    • They help us to monitor your progress
  • Tracking progress to achieve rapid recovery
    • If results are not yet satisfactory, we’ll consider other effective treatment options

Struggling with Depression? We can help!

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(571) 800-9909

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625 Slaters Lane Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22314

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