Depression Treatment

The notion that one can choose how they feel is not always accurate. Some people cannot always help feeling down, negative, or downright depressed. Sometimes these ongoing feelings may lead people to seek professional help.

Timothy Gioe, APRN, and our dedicated team can assist you in your time of need. Please reach out to Crescent City Psychiatric with your questions about depression treatment and how it can help you.

Treatment for Depression in Adults: Learn About Depression

Anyone can experience depression. More than half of people who had a depressive episode will have at least one other episode later in life. These episodes can last for some time and decrease a person’s quality of life and ability to maintain jobs, income, and even relationships.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a serious medical illness affecting one in every 15 American adults yearly. In 2020, over 17 million American adults were experiencing some form of depression.

This often debilitating disorder affects an individual’s physical and mental wellness, distorting their thoughts, behavior, and mood, usually with a feeling of sadness. Major Depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), includes additional, more severe symptoms.

Currently, mental health professionals do not know the exact cause of depression. The leading scientific theory suggests that decreased emotional and motivational regulation in the brain causes depression. This regulation decrease happens when too few neurotransmitter hormones, like dopamine and serotonin, exist in the blood.

These neurotransmitters function as chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells. Without enough of them, the body does not feel the appropriate amount of stimulation. Studies have found increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters in the brain can reactivate these neural networks or create new ones.

Keep in mind that this is only one theory. Some research also suggests:

  • Genetic vulnerability
  • Stressful life events
  • Medications
  • Medical problems
  • A combination of several depression triggers

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

The most common symptoms of depression in adults include:

  • Constant low mood
  • Loss of interest in activities that are normally pleasurable 
  • Loss of energy
  • Slowed movements
  • Changes in appetite 
  • Changes in sleep patterns

Major Depression often includes more severe symptoms, such as:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Problems concentrating
  • Social isolation
  • Thoughts of suicide

These symptoms differ per person. For example, someone may have insomnia, or a lack of sleep, while another experiences hypersomnia, or excessive sleep.

If you experience these symptoms for two weeks or more, you may have depression. However, be sure to rule out other potential causes. For example, a recent injury could temporarily cause a low mood or loss of energy.

Nutrient deficiencies also affect a person’s energy levels, sleep, and hunger. There is some truth in the belief that an improved diet and exercise can lift your mood. That said, it cannot fuly replace treatment for depression. 

How Is Depression Treated?

Depression treatment varies depending on the kind of professional help you seek. For example, a psychiatrist can prescribe medication while a social worker cannot.

Psychiatrists most often treat depressive disorders with antidepressant medications. Studies have shown that antidepressants can increase neurotransmitter levels in some users and help tremendously with their symptoms. 

A psychologist or social worker may use different therapeutic methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Other kinds of psychotherapy include:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviroal Therapy
  • Group Therapy

Research shows that combined treatment with therapy and medication management helps alleviate depression symptoms more than each method alone. 

Know that it is not your fault if you feel depressed. Regardless of whether your symptoms are temporary or chronic, several circumstances outside your control likely combined into this ailment. Acknowledging that something is wrong and seeking help takes a lot of courage.

If you are interested in becoming a new patient and want to be evaluated and treated for a depressive disorder, please complete a New Patient Intake Form and our staff will review your submission and assist you with making a new patient appointment. You can also call us at (985) 249-1322.

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What People Are Saying

nothing but great things to say about him

 “Since opening my counseling private practice, Tim Gioe has been my go-to referral source for all of my clients in need of medication management. He is knowledgeable, professional, and a pleasure to collaborate with. The clients who I have referred to Tim have had nothing but great things to say about him. They have commented on how nice he is, that he is easy to talk to, and have reported feeling notable improvement since beginning psychotropic medication treatment with him. I too have recognized the benefits my clients have gained from seeking medication management with Tim. It is a wonderful adjunct to the therapy I provide my clients. Tim will most certainly continue to be my go-to referral source for future clients.”  

Priscilla Hurd, LPC, M.Ed.

I have seen numerous clients turn a corner in their struggles for mental wellness."

Working with Tim has been a pleasure. He is professional, kind, knowledgeable, and a man of honesty and integrity. My clients who have worked with him report the same, and, most importantly, that Tim has successfully assisted them in gaining an edge on their various mental health obstacles via prudent medication management. With Tim’s assistance, I have seen numerous clients turn a corner in their struggles for mental wellness.”

Christopher Harris, LCSW

I am happy to recommend him to my patients

 “Tim has been a great resource for my patients. They appreciate his down to earth demeanor and feel that he listens and hears what they are telling him. As a mental health professional, I have seen my patients improve in response to the interventions Tim has recommended. I am happy to recommend him to my patients and consider him a valuable resource.”  

Dr. Leslie Higgins, PsyD

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 “I so enjoy collaborating with Tim. He’s accessible to both providers and his clients. Referring to him has been a great relief for me as a practitioner. My clients are able to get in to see him without waiting months and the feedback I hear from each of them is that they feel at ease and reassured working with Tim. ” 

Jennifer Malone, LCSW LLC

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 “I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Gioe for several years, both as a teacher and as his collaborative psychiatrist. Throughout the time I have worked with him, he has shown himself to be an extremely conscientious and hard-working young man. He has a thirst for knowledge, yet maintains a caring attitude with patients. He has exhibited excellent clinical skills and works well with people. I have high reserve for this young man and can recommend him highly without hesitation or reservation.”  

Dr. Robert Dahmes, MD, DLFAPA