Depression is an extremely common psychiatric disorder that causes changes in mood and functioning. There is a difference between normal sadness, in reaction to an event in your life, and Depression as an illness. The latter may or may not be related to a specific stress. Symptoms may include the following: Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness; change in sleep patterns and appetite; decrease in energy and motivation, problems with concentration and/or attention as well as memory difficulty. You may also experience thoughts of suicide, of wanting to kill yourself, or more passive thoughts of wishing not to be alive. When someone has a number of these symptoms, a diagnosis of “Major Depression” is made. This can happen once or you can have repeated episodes, called “Major Depression, recurrent.”
It is critical that you seek medical attention from someone experienced in treating Major Depression. Many patients come to me after receiving ineffective treatment from other doctors. I have a great deal of experience treating Depression, including so called “Treatment Resistant Depression.” In fact, I was a principal investigator in many clinical studies for this, leading to the approval by the FDA of medications used for this condition.
I always tell patients that the goal of treatment is 100% alleviation of ALL symptoms, and will not stop until the condition is in remission. You have the right to expect a full recovery, and if you are in treatment but not fully recovered then the work is not yet done. I will begin your evaluation by assessing your symptoms and response to previous treatment, and then come up with a plan with the goal of alleviating all of your symptoms.
Please check back on my web site for further discussions about the treatment of Major Depression. I will be adding material frequently to help you better understand the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.