You are not alone in this.
Depression is more than sadness.
In fact, many people experience depression as a “flatness”, a lack of interest or joy referred to as anhedonia. Maybe you are more irritable or “ragey”. Are you more forgetful? Depression can have cognitive symptoms like lack of concentration and indecisiveness. You may feel overwhelmed or get frustrated easily. How is your sleep? Depression can make it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Maybe you can’t get motivated to do anything. This is all depression.
There is help. Lifestyle changes and psychotherapy can go a long way to help but sometimes you need medication to get truly back to you. We will carefully select the best anti-depressant medication to meet your needs as well as offer support through the process. When medication is chosen and monitored correctly, you will feel like the best version of you. You are not alone, we are here to help.
The most common medications for depression are in 2 families: SSRIs and SNRIs. Brand names include Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Effexor, and Pristique. They work by increasing the availability of neurotransmitters in your brain.
The relationships you keep and the work you do have a direct impact on your mood. We can not medicate away a bad job or marriage. We can help you with the tools to form healthy relationships and engage in meaningful actions. We can provide psychotherapy or collaborate with the therapist you already see.
Did you know that the bulk of your Serotonin (one of the key neurotransmitters responsible for mood) is manufactured in your gut? What you eat matters! A simple glass of wine a night when you are feeling well is not a big deal but it can worsen your mood significantly if you are already stressed. A brisk walk can improve it. Let’s get you eating and moving to optimize your mental health.