Depression affects millions of Americans each year and remains one of the most prevalent mental health conditions worldwide. If you’re struggling to cope with depression symptoms, such as sadness or loss of interest, Aloha Integrative Health’s mental health team can create a treatment plan targeting your needs at their San Diego, California office. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

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What is depression?

Depression is a chronic mood disorder that causes negative feelings and behaviors, such as persistent sadness and loss of interest in once-loved activities. It’s the most common cause of disability worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

Depression affects people of all ages, including children, teenagers, and adults, and can be difficult to diagnose. Some people experience ongoing symptoms, while others may have periods of remission and intermittent depressive episodes.

What are the most common signs of depression?

The signs of depression aren’t always obvious, but common symptoms include:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Emptiness
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) or sleeping too much
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Agitation
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Suicidal thoughts

While depression symptoms may be subtle at first, without treatment, this mental health condition can affect your physical health, work or school performance, and relationships.

Who is prone to depression?

Depression doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to anybody. However, you may be at a heightened risk if you:

  • Have a family history of depression
  • Are a woman
  • Have low self-esteem or are self-critical
  • Use drugs and alcohol
  • Have certain chronic conditions (thyroid disease, heart disease, etc.)
  • Take certain medications

Researchers also believe that chemical imbalances in the brain can trigger depression in some people.

How do you diagnose depression?

The Aloha Integrative Health team performs a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to diagnose depression. With a board-certified psychiatrist and psychiatric nurses, the team reviews your medical and family history, discusses your symptoms, and administers questionnaires to gather a thorough understanding of your condition.

What are the treatment options for depression?

Aloha Integrative Health practices comprehensive psychiatry, meaning the team draws from multiple techniques to treat depression. Common treatment options may include:

  • Medication (antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, etc.)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Nutritional management
  • Stress management techniques
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Ketamine infusion therapy
  • Reiki

After a thorough evaluation that targets the underlying cause of depression, the team can create the appropriate treatment plan for your needs. They may include multiple treatments to ensure you receive complete care. Call Aloha Integrative Health today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.