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Depression

July 12, 2019

Most people feel sad and down at times, but if you are in a constant state of sadness and find little joy in life, you may have clinical depression. At the office of Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center, we can help.

Clinical depression is a very common illness that impacts your mood, thoughts, and feelings, and can affect your relationships. The good news is that it can be treated. The first step is to schedule a consultation to accurately diagnose the condition.

Common Symptoms of Depression

With clinical depression, you may be feeling sad all the time and may not want to do the activities you used to enjoy. It may be hard to get out of bed. Depression can impact your ability to work and how you function every day. How can you tell if what you’re experiencing is normal ups and downs or depression? Here are some common signs that it could be a serious clinical condition:

  • Depressed mood, feeling of worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you are experiencing any suicidal thoughts, it’s important to get medical attention immediately. If you are feeling any of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, it could be clinical depression.

After a diagnosis, your doctor will ask about your medical history to determine the best treatment option for you. There are a number of medications called antidepressants that treat depression, and you will usually start to feel better quickly. If you are taking an antidepressant, your doctor will monitor your health and can adjust the medication as needed.

It can help to couple medication with therapy to improve results. Your doctor can provide a referral to a psychologist for additional support.

At the office of Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.