Depression can manifest in a variety of ways, and symptoms vary from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms are:
To be diagnosed with clinical depression, you must experience these symptoms most days for at least two weeks.
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:
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:
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.
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.