Depression Specialist

Narmin Aliji, M.D. -  - Adult and Child Psychiatrist

360 Psychiatry

Narmin Aliji, M.D.

Adult and Child Psychiatrist located in Santa Monica, CA

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 Q & A

What is depression?

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 Many people with depression lose interest in all the things they once loved, becoming withdrawn and reluctant to interact socially.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:

  • Tearfulness
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Sadness
  • Bursts of anger
  • General loss of interest
  • Inability to find pleasure
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Anxiety
  • Slowed thinking
  • Thoughts of suicide

Depression is often accompanied by physical symptoms, as well, such as unexplained headaches, backaches, or upset stomach.

Why do people get depressed?

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:

  • Biology
  • Brain chemistry
  • Hormones
  • Inherited traits

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.

Are there risk factors for 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:

  • Character traits like low self-esteem
  • Traumatic events
  • Family history of major depressive disorder
  • Struggles with identity
  • History of mental health problems like eating disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Medication
  • Drug or alcohol abuse