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Depression

LaSante Health Center

Multi-Specialty Health Clinic located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

Depression affects 264 million people in the world. LaSante Health Center in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn in New York City has behavioral health experts who provide diagnosis, support, and treatment for people living with depression. Don’t deal with these feelings alone — call today to book a mental health consultation or use the online scheduling tool.

Depression Q & A

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression has a series of symptoms. Taken on their own, many appear harmless, but collectively, they can signal depression. If ignored, they could lead to a deterioration in mental health. 

Well-documented symptoms of depression include suicidal thoughts and feelings of persistent sadness, hopelessness, and anger. Less well-known signs you should look out for include: 

  • Apathy 
  • Headaches
  • Memory problems 
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Tired all the time
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Stomach pains
  • Sleeping lots or not sleeping at all

If you have concerns about your mental health, reach out to LaSante Health Center.

What are the distinct types of depression?

Not everyone who lives with depression experiences the same symptoms or triggers. That’s because there are several categories doctors use to classify depression, depending on the severity of the episodes, how long they last for, how frequently they occur, and what causes them. The categories include:

  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Persistent depressive disorder (PDD)
  • Psychotic depression
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Postpartum depression 
  • Atypical depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder 

Your provider works with the information you give them to determine what type of depression you have.

How does a doctor diagnose depression?

The providers at LaSante Health Center observe your symptoms over 2-3 weeks so they can diagnose depression. You complete a mental health survey, and your provider may also take blood and urine tests and perform a physical exam to rule out any health problems that can produce depression symptoms. 

After gathering this data, your provider cross-references it against the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to reach their diagnosis.

Can you treat depression?

Depression is an illness, and you can treat it. Each treatment is individual to the person receiving it, and your provider works with you to find the most successful care program. It usually includes the following:

Medication

Antidepressant medication is an appropriate short-term solution. It helps ease the symptoms, so you feel able to begin long-term preventive measures.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT teaches you how to think and behave more positively by understanding the beliefs, feelings, attitudes, and thoughts that influence behavior. 

Depression can take over your life, but it doesn’t have to. Partner with LaSante Health Center for comprehensive mental health care delivered by providers who put you first. Call the practice today or book through the website.