Depression Specialist

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Depression Q&A

How do I know I need help with depression?

It’s normal to occasionally experience disappointments, sadness, or even a few days of the “blues.” But when you feel these emotions constantly and persistently and notice they’re affecting your everyday life, you may need support to overcome depression.

Without treatment, depression can cause significant health problems and threaten your well-being. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

If you have feelings of sadness or worthlessness that last longer than a few weeks, it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with Integrative Wellness Center. 

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness or guilt
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • A loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Slowed speech and movements
  • Issues with concentration and focus
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

You don’t have to experience all of these symptoms to need help with depression. If you notice you or a loved one is persistently suffering from any of them, seek support. 

What causes depression?

Depression is not a fault of character. It often results from irregularities in your brain chemistry or hormones. Your environment, genetics, and life experiences can also influence your risk of developing depression. 

Depression can sometimes result from:

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Chronic disease, like cancer or diabetes
  • Post-pregnancy (postpartum depression)
  • Certain medications
  • Alcohol or drug use

An anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or borderline personality disorder may go hand-in-hand with depression.

How do you treat depression?

The providers at Integrative Wellness Center individualize your depression treatment, depending on its possible causes and intensity. 

A major goal of treatment is to help you to really understand your feelings and how depression affects your daily life, including your work, school, family, and social connections. If you’re experiencing the physical effects of depression, including heart disease and poor immunity, the team at Integrative Wellness Center offer screenings and therapies.

Talk therapy, counseling, behavioral modifications, and medications may be a part of your personal depression treatment plan. You’ll also learn tools that help you stay connected with friends and family, so you resist social isolation. 

If you or a loved one shows signs of depression, get help. The team at Integrative Wellness Center is ready to offer the support and treatments you need. Call today or use the online tool to request a consultation.