Depression

Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

As many as 17.3 million Americans are being treated for depression in the United States, while many more are struggling under the weight of their depression symptoms. At Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, the compassionate medical team understands how difficult depression can be. They ensure your physical and mental health is a top priority during diagnostic evaluations and throughout your depression treatment. You aren’t alone in your depression. Help is available by calling Desert Wells Family Medicine today or by requesting an appointment online now.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mental health condition that causes you to feel overwhelming feelings of sadness, lack of self-worth, and loss of interest in your usual activities. 

This mood disorder affects how you think, your behaviors, and can become severe enough to increase your risk for self-harm and suicide.

Clinical depression isn’t something you can just get over. If you feel overwhelmed with sadness and hopelessness, it’s important for your physical and mental health that you schedule an evaluation at Desert Wells Family Medicine as soon as possible.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression symptoms generally occur for two weeks or longer and interfere with your daily life. Most commonly, depression symptoms include persistent feelings of hopelessness and uncontrolled sadness. You may also experience symptoms like:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Physical muscle aches
  • Difficulty concentrating

As a result of your depression, you may find it difficult to sleep, make decisions, or participate in your usual activities at home, work, and socially.

How is depression diagnosed?

To better understand how you’re feeling, the Desert Wells Family Medicine team takes the time to listen to your symptoms and answer any questions you may have.

A physical exam and a review of your personal and family medical history help them to rule out underlying medical issues, such as a hormone imbalance that may be causing your symptoms. They may also order a blood test to evaluate your overall health.

How is depression treated?

While depression can be a long-term condition, it is very treatable. The team works closely with you to create the right treatment plan to help you feel better.

Depression symptoms can often be relieved with the use of daily prescription medications that address chemical imbalances in the brain. While it can take a month or more to see the full benefit of medication therapy, proper use of medications can help control depression in the long-term.

In addition to medications, the Desert Wells Family Medicine team may recommend behavior and talk therapy to ensure you have the resources needed to cope with depression. 

They can refer you to a professional for counseling services and continue working with you on diet and lifestyle modifications that support your depression treatment.

If you’re overwhelmed with feelings of sadness and other depression symptoms, schedule a consultation at Desert Wells Family Medicine today by calling the office or by requesting an evaluation online now.