Depression

MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine

Family Medicine & Mental Health located in Colleyville, TX

Depression is a common disorder that impacts the way you think, feel, and handle daily activities. Up to 16 million adults in the United States have depression, and it can affect children, too. It’s a serious mood disorder, but can be treated with the help of medical experts. At MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine, the team of doctors work with patients of all ages to help them fight depression. Contact the office in Colleyville, Texas, for your first appointment today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness and disinterest in daily activities. It impacts your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. While it’s normal to feel blue now and then, ongoing depression is a serious medical condition that often requires treatment. Depression affects your physical and mental wellbeing, and it isn’t something that you can just snap out of.

Depression can make it hard to continue doing day-to-day tasks, and some people even begin to wonder if life is worth living anymore. If you ever experience suicidal thoughts or actions, seek help immediately.

What are the symptoms and causes of depression?

The exact cause of depression is still unknown. Many factors contribute to depression, including brain chemistry, hormones, and genetics. Depression often first develops between your teens and your 30s, but it can happen at any age.

Depression symptoms vary widely, but often include:

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Feelings of emptiness or hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Depression can affect children, teens, and adults. If you notice the above symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to know that treatment can help. Some people experience depression only once in their life, but for many others, depression is a recurring condition that needs long-term treatment.

How is depression treated?

If you’re diagnosed with depression, the doctors at MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine work with you to find a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle. For most people, psychotherapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), medications, or a combination of the three are effective at treating depression.

There are many prescription medications available for treating depression. The doctors will talk with you about the best medicine for you, including any side effects you may experience. Most medications will need a few weeks to take effect, and finding the best medication for you can sometimes require patience.

Psychotherapy, or talking to a mental health professional, can be an effective treatment method for depression. Talking about your symptoms and living with them can help give you coping strategies. For severe depression, an outpatient treatment program can be particularly effective in improving your symptoms and providing extra support.

There are many treatment options available for people suffering from depression. At MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine, the team can help you find relief from your symptoms. Contact the office for a consultation today.