Depression

flash gordon, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Ross Valley Medical

flash gordon, MD

Primary Care Physician & Medical Aesthetics Center located in Greenbrae, CA

Depression is a serious mental health disorder that affects more than 16 million Americans every year. It causes you to lose your sense of pleasure for life and can eventually cause other medical complications, and even suicide. Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d. in Greenbrae, California, uses counseling, medication, and other therapies to provide a rounded approach to treating your depression. If you experience feelings of worthlessness, you don’t have to suffer. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to start your treatment today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes an unexplained, persistent feeling of sadness and a loss of interest in people and activities that usually interest you. Clinical depression affects the way you feel, think, and behave, and it can lead to a range of other physical and emotional complications. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Along with feelings of sadness, if you’re depressed you may also experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt 
  • Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Inability to care
  • Angry outbursts or irritability
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is very common among older patients, with one in five people over 65 experiencing depression every year. In addition to taking away the enjoyment of your daily life, depression increases your risk of physical illnesses like heart disease and your risk of earlier mortality.

It’s important to understand that depression is a clinical condition and isn’t just having the blues. Patients often need help relieving their depression, and Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d. can help.

How do you treat depression?

At Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d., the practice uses evidence-based counseling therapies in combination with medication and alternative treatments to take a rounded approach to treating your depression. Dr. gordon develops a customized treatment plan that takes into account the severity of your depression and your personal treatment preferences. 

Counseling

Counseling helps you regain self-worth and satisfaction with your life by having you talk about your condition and related issues. Certain types of talk therapy, like cognitive behavioral therapy, help change the way you think so you can replace negative thought patterns with more positive ones. Relational frame therapy is also useful.

Medication

If your depression is severe, Dr. gordon may prescribe antidepressants to help improve your mood and relieve your symptoms. 

Meditation 

Stress and anxiety are often two major factors of depression. If you suffer from these issues, Dr. gordon may recommend meditation. Studies have shown meditation and other mindfulness-based practices help change the way your brain responds to stress and negative thinking. 

Lifestyle changes

Dr. gordon may also suggest small lifestyle alterations like dietary changes, being more physically active, and keeping a journal.

You don’t need to suffer from constant sadness and feelings of worthlessness. Call the office or use the online booking tool to meet with Dr. gordon and start your treatment today.