Depression

Depression Specialist
Feeling sad or low on occasion is normal, but if you’ve lost interest in activities you once enjoyed or you’re having difficulty sleeping, eating, or getting through your day, you may be suffering from depression. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe is highly experienced in managing the distressing symptoms of depression and can help you get your life back on track. Make an appointment online or by calling the office to learn more about treatments for depression.

Depression Q & A

West Houston Internal Medicine Associates, LLC

What is depression?

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:

  • Genetics
  • Biological dysfunction
  • Psychological factors
  • Environmental factors


Depression can also result from situational factors, like a serious illness or injury affecting you or your loved ones.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Every person experiences different symptoms of depression, and those symptoms can vary over time. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Restlessness
  • Appetite changes
  • Lack of energy or chronic fatigue
  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Ongoing feelings of hopelessness
  • Constant feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or remaining focused
  • Thoughts or attempts of suicide


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.

What treatments are available for depression?

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.

What are antidepressants?

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:

  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight gain
  • Blurred vision
  • Sexual dysfunction


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.

Schedule a consultation by calling the office or using the online booking feature.

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