Depression Diagnosis & Treatment in Pleasanton, CA
Depression is a mental state characterized by persistent low mood, loss of interest and enjoyment in everyday activities, sleep and appetite disturbance, and reduced energy, causing varying levels of social and occupational dysfunction. Depressive disorders are common, and they are the fourth highest cause of disability worldwide. Patients with depression often have a personal or family history of depression; have experienced a recent stress, trauma, or loss; or have a comorbid medical illness. In people ages 18 to 44, depression is the leading cause of disability and premature death, and it is predicted to be the second leading cause of disability in people of all ages by the year 2020.
Depressive disorders may be divided into minor depression, dysthymia, and major depressive disorder, depending on the length and number of symptoms, the degree of functional impairment, and the severity of symptoms. In bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder is accompanied by or interspersed with one or more manic or mixed episodes.
Symptoms of depression can range, but primarily include:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
- Lack of energy or fatigue
- Irritable moods
- Changes in weight and/or appetite
- Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all activities
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping excessively
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain, headaches, or digestive problems
If you are suffering from some or all of those symptoms, you are not alone. Depression is treatable with proper help. A psychiatrist can fully assess your condition and help determine the best course of treatment for you. Dr. Anastasiou has years of experience treating depression in the East Bay Area.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anastasiou to discuss your depression symptoms, please call our office at 925-425-0191.
Most patients respond well to psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of both. Dr. Alex Anastasiou specializes in treating adults with depression in the Pleasanton area. If you believe you may be suffering from depression, contact our office to schedule a new patient appointment. Dr. Anastasiou is able to assess and diagnose depression, as well as prescribe treatment.
For a professional depression assessment and treatment in the East Bay area, choose Dr. Alex Anastasiou. Call our office at 925-425-0191 during regular business hours to schedule. Visit our services page to learn more.