The impact of depression can make day-to-day activities seem pointless while draining your energy and motivation. Psychiatrist Narmin Aliji, MD, with 360 Psychiatry in Santa Monica, California, understands the effect depression can have not only on you, but on your coworkers, family, and friends. It’s not something out of which you can simply snap. You need a comprehensive treatment plan to manage major depressive disorder effectively, so call 360 Psychiatry or book online today.
Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness. Many people with depression lose interest in all the things they once loved, becoming withdrawn and reluctant to interact socially. They may develop a sense of impending doom and hopelessness, including thoughts that life isn't worth living.
Depression is more than just occasional sadness — that's something everyone experiences on occasion. Major depressive disorder involves symptoms that occur nearly every day. Some common signs of this condition include:
Depression is often accompanied by physical symptoms, as well, such as unexplained headaches, backaches, or upset stomach.
Depression is a very complex condition, so there’s no easy answer to this question. As with most mental health disorders, there are a variety of factors at play such as:
It’s believed that chronic depression runs in families, so there’s a genetic component to the illness. Recent discoveries indicate that neurotransmitter levels and how they interact with neural circuits in the brain may play a role, as well. Women are especially affected by hormone levels, too, which can lead to periods of extreme depression. Dr. Aliji can filter through all the various possibilities to create an actionable care plan for your depression.
Depression is something that anyone can experience, and many people do at some point in their lives. There are some risk factors that make this a more serious condition, though, including: