If you’re one of the 16.1 million people in the United States that struggle under the weight of chronic depression, experienced psychiatrist Amir Ahuja, MD, can help. At his office in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Ahuja specializes in diagnosing and treating major depressive disorders with psychotherapy, medications, and lifestyle changes. Throughout your therapy, you learn how to cope with your symptoms, so you can enjoy a happy, healthy life. Don’t delay an evaluation for depression. Call the office of Amir Ahuja, MD, today or book an appointment online.
Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects how you feel, behave, and think. People with a depressive mood disorder often experience persistent sadness or a sense of hopelessness for no apparent reason.
While depression can develop at any age, it often starts in adolescence or adulthood because of a combination of genetics, biological makeup, and psychological reasons. Some people develop depression after a traumatic event or because of underlying physical illnesses like diabetes and cancer.
Your risk for depression can increase if you have a family history of the disorder or if you live with chronic stress, violence, or abuse.
Depression symptoms aren’t something you just get over. However, with the right treatment, you can find long-term relief of your symptoms and live a full, productive life.
Dr. Ahuja recommends scheduling a diagnostic evaluation for depression if you have symptoms that last for two weeks or longer, or if your symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your quality of life.
These symptoms might include:
As the director of psychiatry at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and president of The Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists (AGLP), Dr. Ahuja also addresses chronic depression in individuals that can result from the unique challenges the LGBTQ community faces.
Without a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, depression can worsen over time and lead to thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide.
Your treatment plan for depression depends on the severity of your symptoms and your general health. Dr. Ahuja customizes a treatment plan to your unique needs. He uses psychotherapy (talk therapy) techniques to uncover information about environmental factors like your job and relationships that might be triggering your depression.
Therapy also teaches you how to recognize negative thoughts and behaviors, so you can cope with them more effectively. Dr. Ahuja can meet with you in-office or online using the telemedicine platform, so you can stay on track with your treatment no matter where you are.
In addition to therapy, you might also benefit from antidepressant medications that balance chemicals in your brain to improve your mood.
You should also make lifestyle changes to increase the amount of exercise you get regularly and follow a healthy diet. These changes, along with therapy, can help you achieve long-term relief of your depressive symptoms, so you can enjoy a higher quality of life.
Schedule a diagnostic evaluation for depression online or by calling the office of Amir Ahuja, MD, today.