Depression is more than simply feeling sad. This condition affects people of all genders, ages, sexual orientations and ethnicities, and an estimated 322 million people live with depression around the world. When left untreated, it can lead to problems within the family, at work or school, and in your social life. Learn more about how we serve individuals with depression, and contact your nearest location to schedule an appointment today.
Depression Screening and Diagnosis
By definition, depression involves negative feelings and thoughts that consume a person’s mind and disrupt one’s daily routine. It may even take a toll on physical health if left untreated, reducing healthy behaviors and self-care. Depression alters the brain’s chemistry, making it more difficult to receive the help needed when it’s needed most.
Accordingly, it’s important to address the signs and symptoms of depression as early as possible. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, you may be experiencing some of its most common symptoms, such as:
- Feelings of anger, frustration, irritability, sadness, self-doubt, hopelessness and loneliness
- Fatigue and/or trouble sleeping
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Difficulty in maintaining personal hygiene
- Trouble concentrating
- Moving or speaking slowly
- Memory loss
- Lack of interest or enthusiasm for things you typically enjoy
- Feelings of guilt and/or poor self esteem
- Thoughts of death, dying, harming yourself
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, don’t delay in scheduling an evaluation with your provider. Expert help is within reach to assist you in your recovery and regaining enjoyment in life.
Depression Treatment and Management
Upon determining your diagnosis, you and your primary care provider will determine the best course of action for the treatment and management of depression. Your medical provider will discuss appropriate options for you, which may include counseling/therapy, prescription medications, lifestyle changes, or other resources available in the community. Your medical provider may refer you to our in-house psychiatric nurse practitioner or our care coordination team who can help connect you to a behavioral health specialist s in the community. For some, a referral to a psychiatrist may be needed, and for those individuals, our team can help you get connected
In addition to medications and talk therapy, there are a multitude of other treatment options available to assist patients with depression in managing their symptoms. These include:
- Exercise and nutrition programs
- Support groups
Learn more about our overall behavioral health services.
Don’t Wait – Get Help for Depression Today
If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression and are ready to explore your treatment options, Vanguard Medical Group is standing by to assist you in your time of need. Our trusted providers will administer screening tests, analyze your situation, and set you up with the depression counseling services that are right for you. For more information, request an appointment at your nearest Vanguard Medical Group location or contact us today.