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Depression is a serious mental health condition that significantly impacts both your mental as well as physical well-being. In contrast to fleeting periods of sadness and low energy, depression is a more intense and persistent condition that affects various aspects of your life. 

When depressed, your ability to perform daily tasks, maintain relationships, and enjoy life can be profoundly affected. Depression can also potentially aggravate existing health conditions you might have, such as heart disease, diabetes, and chronic pain.

Taking the necessary steps to seek support and treatment is crucial for overcoming depression and enhancing your overall well-being. 

At Inception Telehealth & Wellness, we offer a comprehensive range of mental health services, including medical consultations, diagnoses, and prescriptions. Our dedicated team also provides specialist consultations to manage and treat depression effectively. 

What is Depression?

Depression is a complex mood disorder characterized by feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, sadness, and disinterestedness in life. It is marked by an inability to experience pleasure that leads to an increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

This complex condition not only affects your emotions but also impacts your thoughts and daily habits, such as sleep, appetite, and work.

Types of Depression

Depression manifests in multiple types. Two of the most common types of depression are:

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Commonly known as clinical depression, MDD is the most prevalent and severe type of depression. Its symptoms include a persistent sad mood, feelings of hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities. 

MDD symptoms typically endure for a minimum of 2 weeks and often lead to severe emotional distress. This form of depression impacts your daily activities and can also cause physical issues.

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

Also known as dysthymia disorder, PDD represents a milder yet persistent form of depression. Unlike major depressive disorder, the symptoms of PDD are less severe but can last a much extended period, usually for at least two years.  

These symptoms include chronic feelings of sadness and worthlessness, which lead to decreased productivity and a poor quality of life.

Treatment-Resistant Depression

Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a complex mental health condition that occurs when standard treatments, such as antidepressants and psychotherapy, don't effectively improve symptoms or when these symptoms improve temporarily and then return. 

This condition poses significant challenges as it contributes to increased disability, cost, and suicide rates. To manage TRD, various integrated therapeutic strategies are employed, including optimization, augmentation, combination, and switch therapies, and potentially, the use of rapidly acting antidepressants like ketamine.

Causes of Depression

Depression can result from a variety of factors, including both biological and circumstantial aspects. Several potential causes of depression include:

  • Brain chemistry and structure 
  • Hormone levels in females during the menstrual cycle and menopause 
  • Family history of depression or another mental disorder
  • Childhood trauma 
  • Medical conditions such as insomnia, stroke, heart attack, and cancer
  • Lifestyle habits such as excessive weight gain and substance abuse
  • Pain, including emotional or chronic physical pain for a long period

Understanding the potential causes of depression is crucial for effective treatment. If manageable, the treatment approach will target and address the specific causes to better manage the condition.

Symptoms of Depression

Our team at Inception Telehealth & Wellness offers specialized consultations to assist you in navigating the challenges associated with feelings of depression. 

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression is a crucial step toward seeking help and receiving appropriate care. Depression is different from everyday negative emotions of sadness. 

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Constant feelings of sadness and emptiness
  • Lack of interest and pleasure in activities usually enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Sleep disturbances, such as excessive sleep or insomnia
  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Feelings of worthlessness or overwhelming guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it's crucial to seek support and guidance.

Treatment Options for Depression

The initial stage of the treatment process at Inception Telehealth & Wellness includes a thorough assessment conducted by our team. This assessment is crucial for gaining valuable insights into both your mental and physical condition. 

By understanding your unique situation, we can formulate a specific treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Treatment options for depression may involve hormonal therapy, medication, physiotherapy, or a combination of both.


Psychotherapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is a widely acknowledged and effective treatment for depression. Also known as talk therapy, during this process, a mental health expert assists you in comprehending and resolving your challenging feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of psychotherapy that assists you in understanding your thoughts, developing coping strategies, and building resilience against depressive symptoms.

It focuses on identifying and reshaping your negative thought patterns and behaviors. CBT enables you with practical skills to manage depression by promoting healthier thinking and problem-solving.


Certain medications can be utilized to alleviate the symptoms of depression. These medications work by affecting neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine to alleviate depressive symptoms. 

These may include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic drugs.

Hormone Therapy

Hormonal therapy for depression involves the use of hormones or medications that affect hormone levels to alleviate symptoms of depression. 

Hormones play a complex role in the regulation of mood, and changes in hormone levels can impact neurotransmitters and brain function, potentially contributing to depressive symptoms. 

While traditional antidepressant medications primarily target neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, hormonal therapy focuses on addressing hormonal imbalances that may be related to depressive symptoms.

It's important to note that the use of hormonal therapy for depression is often targeted at specific people with identified hormonal imbalances or disorders. At Inception Telehealth & Wellness, our experienced health providers carefully assess your specific symptoms and medical history to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs.

Certain hormone-related disorders and conditions can contribute to mood disruptions and depression in both men and women. Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and menopause in women, as well as low testosterone levels in men, have the potential to impact mental well-being.

Managing Depression with Inception Telehealth & Wellness

At Inception Telehealth & Wellness, our team is dedicated to delivering comprehensive care for depression. We create personalized treatment plans designed to address your specific needs, taking into account the complexities associated with conditions like depression.

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression and need support, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

You can call us at (855) 950-3828 or fill out our online form for a virtual consultation.

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