Millennials and Depression: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Millennials are changing the way we talk about mental health concerns like depression, loneliness, burnout, and money stress. Our transition to a digital world creates difficulty for in-person social interactions. Social media usage correlates to unnecessary stress and increased social anxiety. Social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue, with depression rates being higher among millennials than in other generations.

Millenials’ mental health is an increasing concern in 2022. However, by spreading awareness of the signs and treatments for depression we can create awareness and early treatment for millennials’ mental health.

What are some of the signs of depression?

  • A hopeless outlook on life
  • Loss of interest or withdrawal from normal activities
  • Social isolation
  • Increased fatigue and trouble sleeping
  • Negative self talk
  • Forced happiness
  • Health issues and physical pains
  • Increased irritability, risky behavior, or substance abuse
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Uncontrollable bursts of emotion
  • Low sex drive
  • Exploring the subject of death

These signs and symptoms sound familiar. What do I do?

People with depression may not recognize that they’re depressed. The best thing you can do is be supportive and encourage treatment. It is common for people to feel ashamed of having mental health concerns and believe they can overcome the issue on their own. It is important to know that you or a loved one struggling with depression can get the help they need with the right treatment plan from a professional mental health provider.

If the symptoms are severe, please call SAMHSA’s National Helpline.

  • Talk to the person about what you’ve noticed and why you’re concerned.
  • Explain that depression is a medical condition, not a personal flaw or weakness — and that it usually gets better with treatment.
  • Suggest seeking help from a professional — a medical doctor or a mental health provider, such as a licensed counselor or psychologist.
  • Offer to help prepare a list of questions to discuss in an initial appointment with a doctor or mental health provider.
  • Express your willingness to help by setting up appointments, going to the first appointment with them and attending family therapy sessions.

What type of treatments for Depression does SOMA offer?

Some mental health disorders, such as depression, include mental health medication management in their treatment plans. Psychiatric medication management assumes a combination of therapy and counseling with a prescribed medication plan.

A licensed psychiatrist or a psychiatric mental health nurse can prescribe psychiatric medication for your diagnosis. Medications used to treat depression can have a different effect on every patient. Psychiatric medication providers at SOMA will professionally guide you in your treatment plan so that you feel comfortable and at ease the entire time.

Clients who receive treatment for mental health diagnoses, like depression, often also have symptoms of anxiety, stress, or trauma. Medication management alone will not resolve these concerns. If they go untreated for a long period of time, it may result in serious psychological and/or physical illnesses. To avoid this outcome, it is important to receive therapy and counseling during your medication treatment plan.

Where to get help.

SOMA Therapy is a therapy center in Wichita, KS. We provide professional therapy and counseling for your mental health needs. Our clinic offers mental health and psychiatric medication management from licensed therapists and psychiatrist professionals. We work with adults, children, couples, and families. We are here to help you with whatever mental health concern you or a loved one may have.

Call or contact our administrative team to learn more about SOMA’s therapy and medication resources, get referred to a mental health professional, or connect with a behavioral medicine specialist in our community.

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Psychiatrist in Wichita KS

LaVetta Jarett is one of our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. She has over 10 years of expertise in mood disorders (depression, bipolar), anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, cultural stressors, and clients in crisis. She also specializes in helping with medication management for those struggling with substance abuse.

Behavioral Health Wichita KS

Your behavioral health in Wichita KS is the top priority of SOMA Therapy. Our therapists, counselors, and nurse practitioners specializing in medication management all work together to ensure you receive the necessary treatment for your behavioral concerns. If you are looking for a depression support group in Wichita, KS or a Wichita therapy center, visit our website for our list of services and providers.

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