Depression is a serious medical illness that frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated. Dr. Matthew Levin, a board-certified family physician with offices in Delmont and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has experience diagnosing and treating depression, so you don’t have to endure it alone. Dr. Levin and his caring, compassionate staff understand what you’re going through and want to help you get your life back. Call or schedule a consultation using the online system to learn more.
Depression is often mistaken for temporary feelings of sadness or grief especially after a bereavement. But for those suffering from major depressive disorder (depression), the feelings are severe and long-lasting. Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for teens and adults ages 15 to 44. It affects more than 16 million Americans. Depression causes feelings of sadness to negatively affect how you feel, think and act.
As a result of the negative effects of depression, you may lose interest in hobbies or activities you enjoy. It can also affect your ability to work or take care of your family.
Symptoms of depression may vary from mild to severe. When symptoms last more than two weeks, Dr. Levin may make the diagnosis of a depressive disorder. Common symptoms include:
It’s important to note that certain medical conditions like thyroid problems or vitamin deficiencies can mimic the signs of depression. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to schedule an exam with Dr. Levin so he can shed light on any underlying causes.
Psychotherapy is frequently the sole treatment for mild depression. For more moderate or severe cases, it works in combination with medications. Cognitive behavioral therapy is also effective at identifying patterns of distorted thinking and working to change behavior.
For severe cases, or as the result of a chemical imbalance in your brain, you may need more than one treatment. In these situations, the most effective means of treating the symptoms of depression are medications in combination with psychotherapy.
Prescription antidepressants help to improve your mood and outlook on life and may provide some relief over the course of a few months. The earlier you seek treatment for depression, the more effective treatment can be.
If you or a family member needs help for depression, make an appointment with Dr. Levin at either his Delmont or Greensburg location. Call or go online to schedule. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can get back to living a fuller, happier life.