Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects your brain and makes it difficult to handle your daily routine.
Many things can contribute to depression, including:
Depression can also result from situational factors, like a serious illness or injury affecting you or your loved ones.
Every person experiences different symptoms of depression, and those symptoms can vary over time. Common symptoms of depression include:
The symptoms of depression can range from mild to severe and must be present for a minimum of two weeks for Dr. Thampoe to diagnose you with the condition.
Feelings of depression can make it difficult to focus on your work and other responsibilities. Severe symptoms can make it difficult to get out of bed, take proper care of yourself, or handle your responsibilities.
Dr. Thampoe performs a physical examination to rule out underlying medical conditions. She reviews your medical and family history and carefully evaluates your symptoms. She performs diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your depression.
To treat symptoms of depression, Dr. Thampoe may refer you to professional counseling services for talk and behavioral therapies. She may also recommend a better nutritional and exercise plan.
Antidepressants are medications that correct chemical imbalances in your brain that affect your mood and behavior. In addition to relieving the chronic symptoms of depression, antidepressants are also effective in treating anxiety disorders.
Dr. Thampoe may also recommend antidepressant medications to manage your depression symptoms, though it may take 2-4 weeks before you notice results.
Antidepressants have certain side effects that Dr. Thampoe discusses with you prior to writing you a prescription. These side effects may include:
In some cases, antidepressants can cause depression to worsen. Dr. Thampoe works closely with you to monitor the effectiveness of prescribed medications. You may also need to try multiple types of antidepressant medications before you find one that works well for your symptoms.
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