Clinical Depression Affects 1 in 10 People
Everyone experiences times in their lives when they feel discouraged, sad, and out of sorts about life. There are many reasons for people to become unhappy and depressed. Examples of things which may cause feelings of unhappiness and sadness can include things like dealing with a death in the family, conflict of some type with other people, suffering from a serious illness, divorce, or undergoing a major change in employment or education. For many, these depressed periods in their lives are temporary and do not continue to last for more than a short period of time.
Effective Medication for Depression – Atlanta Depression Psychiatrist
When depression is long lasting and persistent over a period of weeks and it begins to overwhelm your life leaving you with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, it is time to get the help of a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication proven effective in treating the symptoms of depression. Specific symptoms of depression can vary between individuals but generally there are some symptoms which are common. If you exhibit one or more of these symptoms for a period of weeks there is help available. What are the symptoms of depression? The symptoms of severe or clinical depression include;
- Depression most of the day, nearly every day
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping on a daily basis
- Excessive fatigue, lack of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of hopelessness and isolation
- Diminished ability to think and concentrate
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Severe depression has been linked to causes including genetic makeup and environmental, psychological, and biochemical factors. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 10 people suffer from depression and twice as many women as men. Some of the most effective treatments for clinical depression include antidepressants. Research suggests that there are significant changes in the brain chemistry of depressed people and antidepressant medication helps restore that chemical balance.
Depression is a treatable psychological disorder which usually surfaces in the late teens to mid-twenties, but is also commonly found in older adults. If you need help with depression your best course of action would be to consult with an Atlanta psychiatrist like Dr. Hege. Unlike a psychologist, a psychiatrist like Dr. Hege is a medical doctor who can prescribe medication to treat your symptoms.
Atlanta Depression Psychiatrist Dr. Hege
Dr. Hege is an experienced Atlanta psychiatrist who helps patients with depression. He’s been helping patients for over 25 years. He can prescribe medication for your depression to help you lead a more balanced, symptom free life. Contact his office today and make an appointment to evaluate your condition and learn how Dr. Hege can help you.