Depression

Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates

General Family Medicine located in Aliso Viejo, CA

Are you or a loved one struggling with depression? If so, reach out to the caring team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates in Aliso Viejo, California, for a listening ear, a professional opinion, and a plan of action. You’re not alone. Schedule your appointment today over the phone or via the online booking tool.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is, broadly speaking, a mood disorder that negatively impacts the way you think, feel, interact with others, and face daily activities. To qualify as any type of depression, the mood must be present for at least two weeks.

Common signs of depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • General pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Persistent anxious, sad, and/or “empty” mood
  • Trouble focusing, making decisions, and remembering
  • Trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, and/or getting up in the morning
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment in activities and hobbies
  • Fatigue
  • Talking or moving slowly
  • Restlessness and difficulty sitting still
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or guilt
  • Thoughts of or attempts at suicide or self-harm
  • Changes in appetite and/or weight
  • Physical issues without a known cause that don’t go away with treatment (cramps, aches, pains, digestive issues)

If you’re suffering from depression, you may only suffer from a few of the symptoms, or you may suffer from many.

What are the different types of depression?

Depression is an umbrella term under which several types of the condition exist. Some of these include:

Persistent depressive disorder (PDD)

PDD, also known as dysthymia, is a type of depression characterized by symptoms that last for at least two years. During those two years, the symptoms can vary from major to mild. The key is that they’re present consistently.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Aptly named SAD, this type of depression presents itself during the winter months, when you’re exposed to much less natural sunlight. SAD is often accompanied by weight gain, excessive sleeping, and self-isolation.

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is characterized by a major depressive episode that occurs after a mother gives birth. Postpartum depression weighs women down with feelings of extreme sadness, exhaustion, and anxiety.

Psychotic depression

This is a type of depression that you can experience while suffering from any type of psychosis. Examples of such psychosis include delusions and hallucinations. Often, these delusions and hallucinations take a depressive slant, and relate to themes like poverty, illness, or guilt.

How can depression be treated?

Depending on the type of depression you have, the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates may prescribe you medication (antidepressants), recommend therapy, or prescribe a combination of both.

The sooner you seek help, the better. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, don’t wait to reach out. Instead, book an appointment with the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates online or over the phone today.