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Clinical depression affects over 16 million adults in the United States, with many not receiving treatment for their symptoms. At Summit Psychiatric Services in Livonia, Michigan, Bryan Weinstein, DO, and his compassionate medical team offers diagnostic services to confirm depression along with customized treatment plans. Whether you need medications, therapeutic psychotherapy, or reliable support, Dr. Weinstein and his team can help you effectively manage your depression to improve your quality of life.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a chronic mood disorder that causes uncontrollable, persistent feelings of sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness. You may find it difficult to think clearly, make decisions, or get through each day.

Clinical depression isn’t something you can get over or snap out of to feel better. For many people, long-term psychiatric care is necessary for managing depression.

What causes depression?

The exact cause of depression isn’t well understood, but a number of factors may influence your risk for developing the condition. These factors may include biological differences or chemical imbalances in your brain.

You may also be at a higher risk for clinical depression if members of your family have it. In some cases, hormonal changes, such as those during puberty, menopause, and pregnancy, may trigger depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression can impact people differently, causing a wide range of symptoms in addition to sadness and hopelessness. You may experience symptoms of depression that include physical issues, such as back pain and headaches, or symptoms like:

  • Guilt
  • Irritability
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Reduced appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of interest in hobbies

For some, untreated depression can result in thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide. Seeking an evaluation for an accurate diagnosis and treatment can alleviate your symptoms and help you stay in control of your life.

What treatments are available for depression?

Depression is a highly treatable disorder that Dr. Weinstein can help you manage with medications and psychotherapy. Because depression affects everyone differently, he creates a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs and goals.

Medications commonly beneficial for depression treatment include antidepressants, which change the way your brain uses chemicals to balance your moods. It can take several tries to find the right medication type and dosage to alleviate symptoms and you may not experience the optimum benefits of depression medications for up to four weeks after starting your therapy.

Psychotherapy involves talking about environmental triggers that influence your depression, such as relationships, your job, or your financial situation. Dr. Weinstein and his team schedule talk therapy sessions based on your needs, helping you manage your symptoms of depression, as well as your triggers.

You can feel better and enjoy a high quality of life even with depression. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office at 248-471-7171.