Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Mission Viejo, CA

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If you struggle with depression, Maria Lloyd, LMFT, at Therapy with Maria: Maria Lloyd, LMFT, provides personalized treatments. She learns about your unique symptoms and uses her expertise and holistic approach to offer the relief you need and deserve. Maria sees patients out of her Mission Viejo, California, office and offers telehealth appointments to individuals throughout California. Request your free consultation today by calling the office or reaching out online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a mental health condition that affects your mood, thoughts, and behavior. Though temporary feelings of sadness are normal, depression is persistent and disabling and requires professional treatment.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression include feeling sad, down, or empty every day. You might also lose interest in activities you used to enjoy and want to withdraw from social interactions. You may also experience changes in your appetite that lead to weight gain or weight loss. Changes in sleep patterns can also occur, such as difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much. 

Other symptoms might include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm

Your symptoms might go beyond this list. That’s why talking to Maria about your symptoms is important so she can diagnose you accurately and provide a personalized treatment plan.

What causes depression?

Different factors can cause depression, including biological, environmental, and psychological. For example, genetics can play a role in depression because it can run in families. An imbalance of brain chemicals, particularly serotonin, and dopamine, can also influence the development of depression. 

Environmental factors, like traumatic experiences, life events, and chronic stress, can trigger depression. Additionally, a person's personality and thought patterns, such as a negative outlook or low self-esteem, can contribute to depression.

How is depression treated?

Treatment for depression can involve a combination of prescribed medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. Antidepressant medication can help balance brain chemicals and reduce the symptoms of depression. 

Therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), can help you identify negative thought patterns so you can develop coping mechanisms. Lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, healthy eating, and proper sleep, can also improve symptoms of depression. 

Maria is also a licensed ketamine-assisted psychotherapist who partners with Journey Clinical to provide at-home treatments to help alleviate your symptoms. She can help determine if it’s right for you.

In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary to ensure your safety and provide intensive treatment.

If you’re ready to get the help you need and deserve for depression, call today or click online to book your free consultation.