Depression is a mood disorder that causes melancholy, sadness, and loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy. It does more than affect feelings, it also pervades your thoughts and behavior, making it hard to participate in life.
Each person experiences depression differently. Symptoms may be mild, severe, or fluctuate between the two extremes. The frequency and duration of symptoms if often a sign that professional help would be beneficial to your mental health. When you experience symptoms daily, and they last two weeks or longer, please consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Alexander Grewal.
Symptoms of depression include:
Researchers believe that depression occurs due to a combination of factors, including physical changes in the brain, chemical imbalances, hormonal imbalances, and genetics.
Some people are more likely to suffer from depression than others, and the risk factors for depression may include:
Dr. Alexander Grewal will diagnose depression based on the results of a comprehensive physical and psychiatric exam. The final diagnosis will be based on the criteria included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Dr. Grewal may recommend several different treatments to patients with depression, including:
Patients who suffer from depression notice an improvement in their symptoms shortly after beginning treatment. However, you should follow Dr. Alexander Grewal’s instructions carefully and keep all of your follow-up appointments, even if your symptoms have improved. It’s important to continue taking any medication as prescribed because suddenly terminating may cause a relapse with more severe symptoms than before.
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