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Depression

Depression

Depression services offered in Dedham and Norwood, MA


Many Americans experience the profound misery and hopelessness depression causes at some point. If you’re one of them, don’t suffer in silence — reach out to the team at AmiTop Care LLC, in Norwood and Dedham, Massachusetts. They understand the anguish of depression and offer compassionate, effective care to aid your recovery. Call the nearest AmiTop Care LLC office to access exceptional depression treatment, or request an appointment by completing the online booking form today.

What is depression?

Depression is a serious disorder with potentially fatal consequences if you don’t get the help you need. When you have depression, you’re always sad and dispirited and can’t cheer yourself up like you would when everyday problems bring you down.

Depressive disorders are the primary diagnosis in 15 million health care visits each year, with depression indicated on 11% of all patients’ medical records.

What symptoms might I experience with depression?

Negative emotions, such as self-loathing, despair, shame, and intense sadness, are the most widespread depression symptoms. You could also experience any of the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Random aches and pains
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty sleeping or spending more time asleep
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Low libido (reduced sex drive)
  • Self-harm

Untreated depression can worsen to a point where taking your own life feels like the only option. Tragically, more than 48,000 people die each year from suicide.

Why have I got depression?

Unlike an infectious disease, where you can identify a specific pathogen like a virus or bacteria as the cause, there’s no simple answer to why anyone gets depression.

Genetic makeup is a factor because people with relatives affected by mental health problems are more likely to develop depression. Your environment, chronic stress, hormone imbalances, and low self-esteem can also play a role. Often, depression develops in response to a significant life event, such as:

  • Trauma
  • Bereavement and other causes of grief
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Job loss or demotion
  • Long-term health problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Unmanageable debt
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Moving home

Depression can also develop for no identifiable reason even when you feel things are going well.

Clinical studies indicate that most people with depression have neurotransmitter (brain chemical) imbalances. Chemicals like serotonin create links (synapses) between nerve cells (neurons) in your brain’s mood center. Synapses are vital for healthy brain function, so the mood center can’t work properly without enough neurotransmitters.

What can I do to relieve depression?

If you recognize depression symptoms in yourself, visit AmiTop Care LLC for effective treatment.

After a comprehensive evaluation, your provider recommends an appropriate combination of psychotherapy and counseling, antidepressant medication, and lifestyle changes. They also offer gene testing to help prescribe medication that improves your depression without causing unpleasant side effects.

Call AmiTop Care LLC or book an appointment online today for compassionate depression care.