Depression Specialist

Everybody experiences sadness, but if it’s chronic and interferes with your daily functioning, it may be more than just the blues: You may be suffering from depression. Anasse Souidi, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and can help you overcome depression. With offices in both Trenton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Dr. Souidi addresses your symptoms in a caring and nonjudgmental manner at Pulmonary and Internal Medicine. Call the office to learn more or book your initial consultation online now.

Depression Q & A

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression can manifest in a variety of ways, and symptoms vary from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Anxious, hopeless, or guilty feelings
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Changes in appetite
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

To be diagnosed with clinical depression, you must experience these symptoms most days for at least two weeks.

Who is at risk for depression?

Anybody can develop depression at any time, but there are a few risk factors. Those with a family or personal history of clinical depression are more likely than others to become depressed.

Certain medications may lead to depression, including benzodiazepines and beta-blockers. Debilitating physical ailments, especially chronic diseases, and depression also go hand in hand.

Depression is also more likely in those who have experienced:

  • Major life changes
  • Traumatic events
  • Abuse
  • Extreme stress
  • Drug or alcohol addiction

How is depression treated?

Dr. Souidi believes there's no one right way to treat depression. He, therefore, creates a customized treatment plan to address your depression and its symptoms.

Most people respond best to a combination of antidepressant medications and some level of psychotherapy or counseling. He may also suggest lifestyle changes to manage your symptoms, including:

  • Exercising daily
  • Improving sleep habits
  • Talking to a trusted friend

In some cases, using relaxation techniques and developing your mind-body connection can also help. That includes things like meditation and yoga, as well as art therapy and acupuncture.

When should you seek help for depression?

If your depression symptoms last longer than two weeks, Dr. Souidi recommends scheduling an appointment. If it’s affecting your daily functioning or impacting your relationships, you may need help.

If thoughts of hurting yourself, hurting someone else, or suicide become overwhelming, seek immediate medical care.

Depression rarely disappears without intervention. If you’ve been feeling blue and it’s not getting better, don’t suffer in silence. Contact Dr. Souidi’s office today. You can book your appointment online or call the office to schedule.

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