Everyone goes through bouts of sadness from time to time, but depression is something different. Antony Labady, MD, at SunSouth Medical Center in Morrow, Georgia, offers diagnostic and treatment services for depression and urges area residents to book an appointment if they notice symptoms of depression in themselves or loved ones. Setting up a visit takes just moments online or over the phone.
Depression is among the most misunderstood medical conditions in America. The term is used so casually in movies, television, and within social settings that it’s easy to forget that depression is far more than just feeling sad. It is a serious medical condition that can cause a wide range of negative health effects.
Men and women with depression experience changes in how they feel, think, and act. Those changes are sometimes easy to identify, but in some cases you don’t even notice how much your life has changed to accommodate depression.
Knowing what to look for can make it easier to know when to seek help for yourself or others. Signs of depression include:
Loss of interest in things that once brought pleasure
Weight loss or gain
Increased physical activity with no purpose, like pacing or hand wringing
Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
Thoughts of death or suicide isn’t only a sign of depression, it’s also a medical emergency that should prompt a call for immediate attention. Other symptoms must persist for at least two weeks to support a diagnosis of depression.
The first step in creating a treatment plan is to check for medical conditions or medications that might explain your symptoms. In such cases, treating the underlying condition can improve your symptoms.
Medications might play a role in treating depression, but drug therapy should never be your only treatment tool. Learning how to navigate depression takes a combination approach, including talk therapy, increased physical activity, and finding new ways to connect with others. Altering your nutrition plan can also yield impressive results when it comes to your emotional health.
When you come to SunSouth Medical Center for your evaluation, you’ll learn the details of various treatment options. Patient education is woven into every aspect of care at the practice, so you’ll have all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.
For expert depression treatment, call SunSouth Medical Center or book an appointment online today.