Depression

IC Health Services Inc. -  - Psychiatrist

IC Health Services Inc.

Psychiatrist located in Pikesville, MD & Frederick, MD

Depression drags you down into a place where you feel so low and hopeless, the idea you can get back out seems impossible. However severe your depression is, the experienced team at IC Health Services Inc. in Maryland can help. They provide compassionate support and effective treatments for patients with depression at their locations in Pikesville and Frederick. Call the office nearest you to schedule an in-person or telehealth consultation or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression, like anxiety, is an emotion everyone feels now and again, especially during stressful times. However, if these normal feelings start to take over your life, you might have clinical depression or major depressive disorder.

When you have depression, you feel down most or all of the time, no matter what you do to get rid of the negative emotions. The symptoms you experience with depression are unique to you, but some of the more common problems you might have include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleeping too much or having insomnia
  • Losing interest in pleasurable activities
  • Slowed speech and movement
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Being unable to make decisions
  • Self-harm
  • Social withdrawal

The emotions you feel are likely to be persistent sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness, and despair. You might think that there's no point going on, and you may even contemplate suicide. Although these feelings are often overwhelming, you can heal in time with the help from IC Health Services.

What causes depression?

Depression might set in after a bereavement, job loss, relationship breakdown, or other traumatic experience. It's also common to develop depression when you have a serious or chronic illness.

Sometimes the trigger for depression is something that seems positive, like a house move or a new job. New moms often get postpartum depression after having a baby.

In many cases, there's no clear reason why you have depression – you just descend into unhappiness until you reach a point that simply getting out of bed in the morning seems like an insurmountable hurdle.

Though the exact cause of depression remains unclear, it does seem to relate to the balance of certain chemicals called neurotransmitters in your brain. In some people, a major life event might trigger a chemical imbalance, while in others, a genetic predisposition might cause them to be more vulnerable to depression.

What treatments can help with depression?

Mild depression typically improves with talking therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychotherapy. IC Health Services offers expert talking therapies, which you can access remotely via telehealth if you're struggling to leave the house.

Talking therapies are also vital for moderate-to-severe depression, but you may need to take antidepressant medication as well. There are various types of antidepressants available, but most patients start with an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) like fluoxetine.

These medicines help to adjust the imbalance in your neurotransmitters that plays such a key role in depression.

To access the expert care you need for depression, call IC Health Services Inc. today to schedule an in-person or telehealth consultation or book an appointment online.