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Family Care

Family Medicine located in Davenport, FL & Poinciana, FL

Depression is a severe and potentially debilitating mental health condition that affects 8% of adults in the United States. At Family Care, Dr. Maria Concepcion, Dr. Retta Skinner, NP, and Dr. Marygold Fernandez provide support for men and women living in or around Davenport and Poinciana, Florida, who feel overwhelmed by depression. Contact the office today via phone or online to learn more about how you can overcome the obstacles thrown at you by depression.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

People often associate sadness and grief to depression. However, depression is not quite that.

Medically speaking, depression can cause overwhelming and long-lasting feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and intense sadness to the point where your judgment, thoughts, and behaviors change to accommodate a feeling.  

How do you know if you suffer from depression?

The team at Family Care can provide you with a clinical diagnosis after an initial consultation with a practitioner. During this consultation, you’ll discuss your symptoms and your current state of mind with your doctor. Not only does this allow you to build a rapport, but it also enables you to voice your concerns out loud.

Nevertheless, some symptoms are parallel with depression. Contact a team member at Family Care if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Depressed mood and intense sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and hopelessness
  • Changes to your appetite
  • Changes to sleep patterns
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and other activities
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Suicidal ideation

What causes depression?

There’s no known cause for depression, though brain chemistry causes different psychological reactions. For example, serotonin and dopamine are necessary for maintaining energy and a good mood. If you don’t have enough of these neurotransmitters, your mood will fluctuate.

These chemical imbalances are as of yet not understood. However, some risk factors contribute to their occurrence, like genetics and family history of mental health issues.

Various environmental factors might also contribute to these chemical imbalances, such as domestic abuse, poverty, and violence, which in turn can lead to nefarious personality traits.

How do you treat depression?

Depression is often treated through regular therapy. During your consultation with a practitioner at Family Care, you’ll be asked to speak about your symptoms and lifestyle. In addition to this, your doctor might run some tests to track thyroid disorders or hormone and vitamin imbalances.  

These tests can help you and your doctor determine whether your depression stems from chemical imbalances or other, external factors.

You might also be prescribed a series of antidepressants, which can help alleviate:

  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Dysthymia — low mood for at least two years

If you feel as though medication doesn’t help, your doctor might also give you a referral for therapy to focus on identifying the environmental triggers of your depression.

Call or make an appointment online today to learn more about how you can successfully overcome depression.