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Depression Specialist

Jivana Care -  - Family Medicine

Jivana Care

Family Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects more than 16 million adults in the United States, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. At Jivana Care in Bethesda, Maryland, family medicine specialists Gezzer Ortega, MD, and the team offer individualized care for depression. If you’re struggling with symptoms of depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Jivana Care. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mental health disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in once-loved activities. More than simply feeling sad, depression affects nearly every aspect of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It can even cause physical changes in your body.

If you have untreated depression, completing routine tasks at home, school, or work can feel overwhelming. You may find yourself disconnecting from important people in your life. Sometimes, even getting out of bed is a challenge when you have depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression manifests in many different ways. Some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Mood changes
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Slowed speech or movements
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Agitation
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Low libido

While the signs of depression may be subtle at first, they can worsen without professional treatment. 

What causes depression?

There’s no single known cause of depression, but certain risk factors can raise your chances of developing this common mood disorder, including:

  • Family history of depression
  • Having another mental health disorder, such as anxiety
  • Brain chemistry
  • Hormonal changes

Many people develop depression during stressful moments in life. Traumatic events, childhood abuse, the death of a loved one, and financial insecurity can also trigger episodes of depression.

What are the treatments for depression?

Depression typically requires a versatile approach to care. A combination of medication and therapy can help you overcome the challenges of depression.

Certain medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can help minimize many of the symptoms of depression. The team at Jivana Care may also refer you to a counselor or therapist who can help you restore a sense of satisfaction and joy in your life.

Finally, the team recommends lifestyle modifications, a healthy diet, exercise, and avoiding risky behaviors to treat depression. If you’ve turned to alcohol or drugs, like prescription opioids, to cope with depression, the team offers addiction treatment at their office.

To learn more about depression, call Jivana Care or schedule an appointment online now.