Depression Services Offered In Nationwide
Depression substantially impairs your ability to function at work or school and to cope with daily life. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. At DigiPSYCH in New Jersey, California, Pennslyvania and Arizona, board-certified psychiatrist Asad Hussain, MD, delivers exceptional care to patients with depression. Dr. Hussain works in acute inpatient psychiatric units, treating the most severe cases of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic, anxiety, and schizoaffective disorders. He also treats alcohol and other substance use disorders. Call DigiPSYCH today or book a telepsychiatry appointment online to learn how Dr. Hussain can relieve your depression.
What is depression?
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a mood disorder that causes persistent sadness and loss of interest. It disrupts your ability to function at school or work and affects your interactions with others. Depression can lead to social withdrawal, isolation, and loneliness. In severe cases, it can result in suicide.
Depression is a common problem and one of the primary causes of disability worldwide. Globally, around 264 million people suffer from depression. It can happen to anyone at any age — about 1.1% of adolescents aged 10-14 and 2.8% of 15- to 19-year-olds have depression. Statistically, depression affects more women than men.
Depression can be long-lasting or recurring, and you could develop related conditions. These include dysthymia (long-term depression), seasonal affective disorder (SAD, which hits some people during the dark winter months), and bipolar disorder.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression causes many problems, the most common ones being:
- Loss of interest or pleasure
- Feelings of guilt
- Low self-worth
- Disturbed sleep
- Appetite changes
- Poor concentration
People with depression can also have physical complaints with no apparent cause.
Without treatment for depression, your risk of drug or alcohol misuse rises. You could also start self-harming.
Why have I got depression?
It’s impossible to pinpoint a specific reason for depression in most people. Your genes (inherited from your parents) and environment can influence your risk.
Some people develop depression after suffering traumatic experiences or when facing significant challenges. Examples include:
- Job loss
- Severe injuries
- Relationship breakdown
- Financial worries
- House moves
- School exams
- Long-term illness
In other cases, there’s no identifiable trigger for depression.
What most people with depression have in common is a disruption of the neurotransmitter levels in their brains. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that enable the brain cells to connect and communicate. People with depression often have low levels of neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin, which are critical to their moods.
How is depression treated?
Treating depression often involves medication and/or talk therapy. Dr. Hussain offers expert psychotherapy for patients with depression, delivered over a secure telepsychiatry platform. This approach has significant advantages for people whose depression means they struggle to cope outside the home.
Dr. Hussain might also prescribe an antidepressant medication to adjust the neurotransmitter levels in your brain and improve your mood.
Call DigiPSYCH today or book an appointment online to find the help you need to overcome depression.
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