Mount Vernon Counseling Center

Depression used to be defined as simply an emotional reaction caused by bad events, experiences or losses. However, we observed that sometimes people got depressed in the midst of happy times. How to explain that?

Now we know that many depressions actually have a biological basis, so medical, not just psychological treatments make sense for them a lot of times. Antidepressant medications were found to be effective for both kinds of depressions—psychological and biologica —making the old simple explanations more complicated.

  • 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

Treatment has to be customized for each individual. Three Critical Factors must be right:

  1. Choosing the right medication
    1. Everyone is built differently
    2. We must find the right key to fit your lock
  2. Discovering the right dosage
    1. Antidepressants vary more than other medications
    2. Too little or too much just won’t work
    3. Dosage must be optimized
  3. Waiting the right length of time
    1. The brain is a slow responder
    2. It takes a week or so, or even longer, even assuming we’re using the right medication at the optimal dosage

Our Approach to Depression:

  • Initial Evaluation
  • Identifying all your current concerns
  • Deciding whether medication is indicated
  • Deciding whether other biological treatments make more sense
  • Matching you with a Roundhouse professional
    • With “good chemistry” for you
    • With an experienced psychiatric social worker
    • With a prescribing psychiatrist or physician assistant
  • 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

Tired of dealing with Depression?

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(571) 800-9909

625 Slaters Lane Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22314

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