What is Depression?

Depression is a mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities. People with depression may also experience a variety of physical symptoms, such as changes in appetite or sleep patterns, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. Depression can range from mild to severe and can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. It is considered a serious medical condition that requires professional help, and it can have a significant impact on an individual's quality of life, as well as their relationships, work, and overall well-being.

The exact cause of depression is not fully understood, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of factors, including genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Life events such as the loss of a loved one, a traumatic experience, or chronic stress can also contribute to the development of depression.

Treatment for depression typically includes a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. Antidepressant medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can be effective in reducing the symptoms of depression. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), can help individuals understand and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that may be contributing to their depression.

It's important to seek help as soon as possible if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression, as early intervention can help prevent complications and improve outcomes. With appropriate treatment, most people with depression can recover and lead fulfilling lives.

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Our job at Patients Medical is to connect the dots between a patient's medical history, symptoms, and their underlying causes. Patients Medical is a superb place for people to secure integrative and holistic health care from providers who give personalized care, partner with the patient to focus on the root cause of their illness, support their recovery, and help them maintain good health.

For those that can make the journey, we are happy to welcome new patients to our medical center in New York City. Fill out the form at the top of this page, or call us at 1-212-794-8800. We are here to listen and to help.

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