Depression is a common but difficult condition to bear. Also, called major depressive disorder, this serious mental illness affects you both physically and mentally. Additionally, it changes how you think, feel, and act. Also, in depression, you feel sad, disinterested, unmotivated, and tired. These effects carry over into your relationships, work, and home life. Thankfully, it is a treatable condition and you can again enjoy a fulfilling and productive life.
Getting Ready for Diagnosis and Treatment
To diagnose your major depressive disorder and form a plan for treatment, your psychiatrist at MedPsych Integrated conducts several evaluations. Furthermore, these include a psychiatric evaluation, genetic testing, and onsite blood draws to understand your mental state, symptoms, and brain chemistry. Psychiatrist Nadia S. Meyer, MD has three board certifications in psychiatry, internal medicine and addiction psychiatry. She uses her knowledge and experience across all of these fields for treatment planning directed toward whole-being wellness.
If your condition requires medication, you can feel secure about the process of finding the right prescription and dose for you. Although this is a trial-and-error process that takes time, it is made easier through your brain chemistry profile. Also, that profile comes from Dr. Meyer’s evaluation and screenings. Through outpatient medication management, our caring professionals stay with you each step of the way out of your depression.
What is Depression?
Depression is very common. But it can also be very serious in how it affects your daily life. For some, depression leads to suicidal thoughts and actions. This proves why it is important to take the disorder seriously and get the treatment you need. Furthermore, many people expect themselves to “snap out of it,” but that usually just delays the time before you start feeling like yourself again.
Symptoms of major depressive disorder range in severity. They include:
- Sadness or a depressed mood
- Lost interest in favorite activities
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Sleep pattern changes
- Loss of energy or increasing fatigue
- Purposeless physical actions like pacing or hand-wringing
- Slowed movements and speech
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty concentrating, thinking or making decisions
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death
You can also suffer real medical conditions with your mental illness. Some conditions also mimic depression, such as thyroid problems, vitamin deficiency or a brain tumor. Additionally, Dr. Nadia Meyer has an extensive background and certifications in both mental and physical health
disciplines. Also, this makes her highly capable of finding the real cause of your depressive feelings, low mood and associated health symptoms.
Depression and Grief
To achieve this, she uses your medical history, genetic testing, and onsite blood draw for your diagnosis. Also, although depression and grief look similar, it is important to note that these are different conditions. Both are treated by the professionals of MedPsych Integrated. Additionally, grief differs, in that the painful feelings hit you in waves in combination with happy memories of your loved one. Depression, on the other hand, decreases your ability to feel pleasure or interest and involves a steady low feeling. Also, in grief, you maintain your self-esteem but depression reduces this sense.
Although they are two separate conditions, grief can trigger major depressive disorder. The same is true for losing a job, living through a major disaster or suffering victimization through a physical assault. Also, depressive grief typically lasts longer than grief without mental illness. Because these issues are often intertwined, they require the help of a licensed psychiatrist.
What Causes Depression?
Also, people who suffer major depressive disorder typically have some factors in common. These risk factors include:
- Environmental factors
Environmental factors related to the condition include being around violence, abuse, neglect or poverty.
Conditions related to depression include:
- Postpartum/Peripartum depression
- Seasonal depression
- Persistent depressive disorder
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
- Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
- Bipolar disorders
When you suffer major depressive disorder, treatment is relief. In fact, this is one of the most treatable mental disorders. Furthermore, about 85 percent of people with the condition greatly improve with their treatment and almost 100 percent gain some level of symptom relief. Additionally, at MedPsych Integrated, the key to our patients’ well-being is our integrative approach to whole-person healing. This means we use a combination of methods to ensure your best outcome.
Methods used for diagnosing and treating major depressive disorder can include:
With your psychiatrist or one of the physician’s assistants at MedPsych Integrated, you will discuss your family history, general health, specific symptoms, cultural factors, and living environment. Furthermore, you possibly also need to discuss past trauma or other factors from your life that contribute to your mental condition. Also, through open communication and thorough evaluation, relief from your depression or other emotional struggles is within reach.
Lastly, Call MedPsych Integrated today at 919-582-7272 to schedule your first visit.