Boston Neurobehavioral Associates
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Illinois
A mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed.
Depression Q & A
What is depression?
Everyone experiences a period of grief, sadness, and hopelessness from time to time. But these aren’t emotions you should be feeling on a day-to-day basis. Depression is a mood disorder that leads to long-lasting issues and serious concerns, such as thoughts of suicide. While the exact cause of depression isn’t always known, the following factors can increase your risk:
- Pregnancy and childbirth (postpartum depression)
- Seasonal changes (seasonal depression)
- Major life changes or trauma
- Family history of depression
You may even struggle with depression because of chronic medical issues, such as cancer or diabetes. Sometimes the medications you need for chronic conditions lead to side effects, including depressive episodes.
When should I get help for depression?
If you have ongoing periods of sadness and hopelessness that occur on most days of the week for over two weeks, it’s important to come to Boston Neurobehavioral Associates for an evaluation. You should also book an appointment if you experience:
- Irritability or fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unplanned weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
If left untreated, depression can lead to physical problems such as headaches, body aches, and digestive problems. Before your depression evolves to this point, see how the expert providers at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates can help.
How does a doctor treat depression?
One thing’s for certain when you have depression: it can be treated. The earlier you begin treatment when your symptoms start, the faster and more effective your treatment will be.
Taking antidepressant medication is often necessary when you have depression. These drugs stabilize your brain chemicals and help improve your moods. Since many types of antidepressants exist, your doctor prescribes medications based on your symptoms, your diagnosis, and your personal medical history.
In addition to medications, your provider will most likely recommend regular psychotherapy sessions at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates. During these appointments, you learn problem-solving approaches and lifestyle changes you can make to cope with depression and learn to manage it.
If you struggle with depression, you’re not alone because there’s help available at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates. Book your depression consultation online or over the phone with any office today.
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