Depression affects the way you see yourself and the world around you, robbing you of the pleasures of life and making it a struggle to get through the day. If you feel this way, it’s best to get help from a compassionate physician like David M. Mitzner, DO, who is a highly qualified primary care specialist serving the community of Temecula, California. Dr. Mitzner can help patients who are struggling with depression and anxiety, so for the support you need, call David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. today and schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Depression is a mood disorder, which means it affects your emotions and state of mind, causing prolonged sadness and despair.
Depression may be mild, making you feel low and unhappy, or it can progress to what’s known as major depressive disorder, a serious condition that causes such severe negative emotions it can drive people to take their own lives.
Depression is not a condition you can simply snap yourself out of, and without treatment at David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc., a mild case of depression can develop into major depressive disorder.
Symptoms of depression vary between patients, and can even be at opposite ends of a scale; for instance, some people find it hard to get any sleep, while others find they sleep too much. You may have little appetite and get no enjoyment from eating, or you may turn to food for comfort and overeat. Other possible symptoms include:
Depression often manifests alongside chronic anxiety, compounding the problem by making you feel constantly worried and stressed, even about things over which you have no control.
There’s no easy answer as to what causes depression, although evidence suggests that it relates to imbalances in mood neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters, called serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, are chemicals that send messages to the brain, and an imbalance typically causes the symptoms of depression.
Some people develop depression after experiencing a stressful life event, such as a divorce or bereavement. For many people, there appears to be no apparent trigger, which could be due to a buildup of unexpressed emotions from a past experience. However, depression can affect some people without there being any identifiable trigger.
First, Dr. Mitzner needs to conduct a review of the medications you’re taking to see if any could be contributing to your symptoms and adjust them accordingly. He may also order blood tests to rule out a medical condition that may be causing your depression, such as a hormone imbalance.
Dr. Mitzner then may prescribe antidepressant medication to help ease your depression and rebalance the chemicals in your brain. There are many different types of antidepressant and antianxiety medication, including tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), so it can take time to find the right medication for you.
Counseling and other talking therapies can also be invaluable in treating depression. Mild cases may respond to counseling without the need for medication, but more severe cases of depression usually require a combination of therapy and medication.
Lifestyle changes may also help with depression, and at David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc, a whole-person approach is taken to treatment. Dr. Mitzner discusses all aspects of your health and wellness with you to design a success-focused depression treatment plan.
If you feel low or anxious most of the time or for more than a few weeks, call David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. today for a depression consultation, or book an appointment online.