Depression Specialist

South Texas Mental Health Associates

Psychiatrists located in Corpus Christi, TX

When you live with depression, your feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness disrupt your life, negatively impacting your performance at work or school or in relationships. The team at South Texas Mental Health Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas, can help you recover from depression and re-engage with your life. If you think you or someone you love is suffering from depression, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mental health disorder characterized by feelings of extreme sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. These feelings can lead to a loss of interest in your normal activities and relationships as well as dangerous and disruptive behaviors.

Depression is more common in women than in men and usually arises in your late teens or early twenties, although it can develop at any time.

Depression is different from grief or normal feelings of sadness. Depression typically lasts for weeks or months on end and may or may not be related to a specific event or personal loss. Depression can significantly disrupt your day-to-day life.

What causes depression?

While the specific causes of depression aren’t fully understood, psychiatrists and medical researchers know that chemical imbalances in the brain and certain biological differences cause abnormally intense sadness. Hormone imbalances and vitamin deficiencies can also contribute to depression.

Known risk factors that increase your chances of developing depression include:

  • Family history of depression or mental health disorders
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Serious chronic illnesses
  • Personality traits such as pessimism or low self-esteem
  • Environmental factors like neglect or poverty

How is depression diagnosed?

The team at South Texas Mental Health Associates provides an initial consultation and assessment to complete your diagnosis. Your clinician talks to you about your feelings and your life while collecting your medical history and checking your vital signs.

According to standards set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, if you have experienced five of the common symptoms of depression that have lasted for more than two weeks, it’s likely your psychiatrist will diagnose your condition as clinical depressive disorder.

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of extreme sadness, hopelessness, guilt, or worthlessness
  • Lost interest in formerly enjoyed activities
  • Appetite changes and weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleeping too much or experiencing insomnia
  • Poor concentration
  • Suicidal thoughts

How is depression treated?

The team of psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at South Texas Mental Health Associates offers customized treatment plans designed to address your individual needs and concerns. For example, you may benefit from a combination of treatments such as psychotherapy, medication, and group therapy sessions. Your doctor may also suggest lifestyle modifications to your diet and exercise habits to help improve your overall well-being.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, seek immediate emergency care at your nearest emergency room or call 911.

If you’re concerned about depression for yourself or a loved one, call or schedule an appointment online today.