Depression isn’t simply a case of “having the blues,” and it isn’t something you can just “snap out of,” at will. It’s a serious medical illness that affects 1 in 15 adults at any given time. At Psychiatric Associates of North Texas, PA in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Rubina Shakil works with patients from the Dallas-Fort Worth area who find themselves dealing with depression.
Depression (also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression) has a powerful, negative effect on how you feel, what you think, and the way you behave. Depression can interfere with your ability to do normal, daily activities. Left untreated, it may lead to a variety of physical, emotional, and behavioral problems that can take a further toll on your health. Although there are people who only experience depression once in their lives, most people go through the experience many times. Symptoms of depression may include:
As is the case with many other mental disorders, researchers haven’t uncovered any one thing — or specific combination of factors — that causes depression. And while it’s important to understand that depression can affect anyone, regardless of their circumstances, there are certain things that may increase your risk for depression. People with depression appear to have physical changes in their brains, so it’s possible that biochemistry might play a role in depression. People with depression are more likely to have a close family member who has also been depressed, which means that the illness may have a genetic component. Hormonal changes may also help trigger depression in some people.
Left untreated, clinical depression almost always gets worse. But the good news is that depression is one of the most treatable mental disorders. Roughly 80-90% of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. To diagnose depression, Dr. Shakil must first conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation. including a physical exam and a psychological evaluation. A treatment plan may include antidepressants to relieve symptoms, and psychotherapy, or talk therapy, to work through issues.
If you’re feeling depressed, make an appointment to see Dr. Shakil as soon as possible. If you feel hesitant about seeking treatment, talk to a friend, family member, faith leader, or someone else you trust.
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