Depression Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

Depression is a widespread mental health condition affecting more than 16 million American adults. If you’re concerned about depression, contact the team at Mindful Urgent Care, located in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York. They offer customized assessments and treatments to reduce your depression symptoms and help you learn to better manage your thoughts and feelings. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mental health illness that causes a depressed mood and intense sadness that interferes with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Depression is often due to a chemical imbalance in your brain. For example, if you have insufficient or inactive mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, you may develop depression. However, your personal experiences and environment can trigger your condition. If you have a personal history of poverty, neglect, or abuse, or if you have a generally pessimistic outlook on life, your risk of depression increases.

Other factors that contribute to depression include:

  • Your hormones
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • A family history of depression or other mental health issues
  • Addiction
  • Chronic or severe illness such as cancer, pain disorders, or heart disease

Depression is more intense and longer lasting than grief or the periods of sadness that everyone experiences from time to time.

What are the symptoms of depression?

In addition to causing a depressed or sad mood, depression also causes such symptoms as:

  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt
  • Changes in your sleep habits, such as sleeping too much or too little
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lost interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Fatigue
  • Increased purposeless activity, such as pacing or wringing your hands
  • Poor concentration and indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate help if you are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide.

How is depression treated?

At Mindful Urgent Care, the team starts treatment with a comprehensive assessment of your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. After your initial evaluation, your provider creates and implements a customized treatment plan to address your depression. They combine medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications to both relieve your symptoms and resolve the underlying issues and conditions that contribute to your depression.

The team at Mindful Urgent Care uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating depression to optimize your overall wellness. For example, antidepressants regulate your brain chemistry, which provides the mental clarity needed to explore your emotions and thought processes in therapy, where you’ll also learn strategies to cope with your thoughts and feelings.

If you live with depression, call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule a consultation online today.

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