Do not let Depression & its symptoms disrupt your life!
Our physicians, and medical staff work together with you to assure you of the best outcomes. During your initial visit our doctors will speak with you and evaluate you, and your medical history and other relevant information. With this information our physician will formulate a plan and diagnosis of your situation. Next, we will work with you to customize a treatment plan together that is specifically tailored to your needs. For medication, you will receive a prescription which you can fill at a pharmacy.
Treatment options will be provided, with their benefits, and side effects discussed. This is part of our integrated approach towards a complete and effective solution. If we believe we are not able to help with your situation effectively, we have a list of experienced referral clinics and psychiatrists.
Ultimately, you can rest assured that your needs will be taken care of one way or another. You're not just another number. At Open Care, we really take the time to get to know you and what you want help with. Our physicians work intensively at helping you feel better again, quickly and efficiently. Since we are all in this together, we are fully committed to helping you and teaching you effective strategies that can last a lifetime.
We strongly advise against purchasing depression medication illegally - you are taking a serious health risk as well as a risk with the law. Someone who is not a medically trained professional may not be able to distinguish between various drug interactions and psychiatric symptoms, mental health and medical conditions. The most effective and most thorough evaluations, diagnosis, counseling and treatment planning for psychiatric disorders are done by licensed physicians or psychiatrists with special medical training. Vendors who are not medically trained may not fully understand how psychiatric conditions, especially psychiatric conditions that remain undiagnosed and untreated, may adversely affect one's medical health - they are most often interested only in your money and not your health. If you are self medicating you should come in and see our doctor - do it the safe way and save yourself from future legal problems and health risks.
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Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone through either personal experience or through depression in a family member. Each year over 17 million American adults experience a period of clinical depression. The cost in human suffering cannot be estimated. Depression can interfere with normal functioning, and frequently causes problems with work, social and family adjustment. It causes pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the depressed person.
Impact of Depression:
* Causes tremendous emotional pain * Disrupts the lives of millions of people * Adversely affects the lives of families and friends * Reduces work productivity and absenteeism * Has a significant negative impact on the economy, costing an estimated $44 billion a year
Depression is a psychological condition that changes how you think and feel, and also affects your social behavior and sense of physical well-being. We have all felt sad at one time or another, but that is not depression. Sometimes we feel tired from working hard, or discouraged when faced with serious problems. This too, is not depression. These feelings usually pass within a few days or weeks, once we adjust to the stress. But, if these feelings linger, intensify, and begin to interfere with work, school or family responsibilities, it may be depression.
Depression can affect anyone. Once identified, most people diagnosed with depression are successfully treated. Unfortunately, depression is not always diagnosed, because many of the symptoms mimic physical illness, such as sleep and appetite disturbances. Recognizing depression is the first step in treating it.
Nearly two-thirds of depressed people do not get proper treatment:
* The symptoms are not recognized as depression. * Depressed people are seen as weak or lazy. * Social stigma causes people to avoid needed treatment. * The symptoms are so disabling that the people affected cannot reach out for help. * Many symptoms are misdiagnosed as physical problems * Individual symptoms are treated, rather than the underlying cause.
Clinical depression is a very common psychological problem, and most people never seek proper treatment, or seek treatment but they are misdiagnosed with physical illness. This is extremely unfortunate because, with proper treatment, nearly 80% of those with depression can make significant improvement in their mood and life adjustment.
Major depression is when a person has five or more symptoms of depression for at least 2 weeks. These symptoms include feeling sad, hopeless, worthless, or pessimistic. In addition, people with major depression often have behavior changes, such as new eating and sleeping patterns.
Depression can be treated in a variety of ways, particularly with med ications and counseling. Most people benefit from a combination of the two treatments. Some studies have shown that antidepressant drug therapy combined with psychotherapy has better results than either therapy alone.
Med ications include tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and some newer antidepressant drugs. Although antidepressant med ications can be very effective, some may not be appropriate for everyone. For example, in 2007, the FDA proposed that all antidepressant medicines should warn of the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults ages 18 - 24 years.
As treatment takes effect, negative thinking diminishes. It takes time to feel better, but there are usually day-to-day improvements.
* Agitation, restlessness, and irritability * Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss * Extreme difficulty concentrating * Fatigue and lack of energy * Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness * Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt * Inactivity and withdrawal from usual activities, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed (such as sex) * Thoughts of death or suicide * Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
Depression can appear as anger and discouragement, rather than as feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. If depression is very severe, there may also be psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions. These symptoms may focus on themes of guilt, inadequacy, or disease.
The exact cause of depression is not known. Many researchers believe it is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, which may be hereditary or caused by events in a person's life.
Some types of depression seem to run in families, but depression can also occur in people who have no family history of the illness. Stressful life changes or events can trigger depression in some people. Usually, a combination of factors is involved. Men and women of all ages, races, and economic levels can have depression. It occurs more often in women. Women are especially vulnerable to depression after giving birth. This is a result of hormonal and physical changes. Although new mothers commonly experience temporary "blues," depression that lasts longer than 2 - 3 weeks is not normal and requires treatment.Major depression can occur in children and teenagers, and they can also benefit from treatment.
Tests & diagnosis
Major depression is diagnosed if a person reports having five or more depressive symptoms for at least 2 weeks. Before diagnosing depression, the health care provider should rule out medical conditions that can cause symptoms of depression.
The outcome is usually good with treatment. Although most depressive episodes can be effectively treated with either medication, psychotherapy, or both, depression is a recurring problem for many people. For people who have experienced repeated episodes of depression, maintenance treatment may be needed to prevent future recurrences.
If You've Been Suffering from Depression or Depression Symptoms We Will Help.