Depression

Latitude Mental Health

Psychiatrist located in West LA, Los Angeles, CA

For around 15 million Americans, depression can come in many forms, including clinical depression, major depression, or seasonal depression. Dr. Armin Hoes of Latitude Mental Health in West Los Angeles understands that diagnosis and treatment of this condition requires compassion, trust, and expert management. If you think you may have a depressive disorder, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Hoes today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mental health condition that significantly affects how you feel, think, behave, and handle daily activities. This condition can cause feelings of hopelessness and sadness and can affect your motivation, outlook, and close relationships.

Depression is a complex disorder and may be the result of many factors, including diet, lifestyle choices, life circumstances, or trauma. It can often present along with other health concerns, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, heart disease, and stroke.

Depression can affect people of all ages, including children, but most often arises during adulthood. Even the most severe cases of depression are treatable.

What are symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression may vary over time, and affect different people different ways. Depression is often diagnosed after the consistent presence of symptoms for two or more weeks.

Symptoms may include:

  • Persistent feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or emptiness
  • Loss of interest in normal activities or pleasures
  • Chronic fatigue or low energy
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Change in appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

Depression may cause physical symptoms like generalized pain or problems with digestion.

What are the different types of depression?

Depressive disorders come in many forms. Usually, diagnosis is based on a thorough assessment by Dr. Hoes, who takes exceptional care to understand your symptoms and their causes.

Some depressive disorders include:

  • Major depressive disorder: Five or more symptoms are present.
  • Postpartum depression: Major depression that occurs during pregnancy or soon after delivery.
  • Persistent depressive disorder: Symptoms of depressed mood that lasts at least two years.
  • Seasonal affective disorder: Feelings of depression during a particular season, most commonly the winter months.
  • Bipolar disorder: This form is a mood disorder that includes extremes of both major depression and mania.

There are many forms of depression. A thorough assessment and expert diagnosis is important to your long-term treatment plan.

What treatments are available for depression?

Dr. Hoes creates a customized plan of care that may include medications, lifestyle changes, and nutritional counseling.

Treatment may also involve and cognitive behavioral therapy or psychodynamic therapy. These therapies treat the underlying emotional causes of your depression symptoms and help create effective coping methods for improving your depression.

For an expert consultation related to your depression, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Hoes at Latitude Mental Health today.

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