Depression Treatment in Beverly Hills, CA
West Hollywood’s Leader in Depression Treatment
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Dr. Amir Ahuja is an expertly trained psychiatrist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients throughout the Beverly Hills area for depression. Call to request an appointment via telepsych or at our psychiatry office in Beverly Hills, CA.
What are the Symptoms of Depression?
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include: feeling sad or having a depressed mood; loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed; changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting; trouble sleeping or sleeping too much; loss of energy or increased fatigue; increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others); feeling worthless or guilty; difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions; and, thoughts of death or suicide.
Not every individual will experience symptoms of depression in the same way. These unique variances may include several of the symptoms listed above, which may range in severity from one person to another. In order to be officially diagnosed with depression, an individual must experience symptoms consecutively for at least two weeks.
Causes and Risk Factors
There is no exact cause of depression, and this mood disorder may arise at any age. Most often, depression is first diagnosed in early adulthood, and may be influenced by the following factors:
- Family history of depression
- Major trauma or personal stress
- Side effects of a medication
- Related medical problems or serious illness
Dr. Ahuja’s Approach to Treating Depression
Just as symptoms can vary significantly in different people with depression, so too can recommended treatment options. Prescribed medications often provide relief, and may also be implemented in conjunction with behavioral therapy.
In order to determine what course of treatment is best for an individual, they must personally discuss their symptoms with a mental health specialist. Recommendations from Dr. Ahuja may also change later on if initial solutions begin to lose their effectiveness, or if the individual experiences sudden bouts of more severe symptoms. Fortunately, even these more drastic cases can be managed using professional care.
Treating Depression with an Online Psychiatrist
Online psychiatry has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to many impressive advancements in technology. This relatively new form of healthcare provides patients with an incredible amount of ease and convenience as they work with a specialist to address any ongoing concerns about their mental health. Dr. Ahuja is proud to offer both in-person, and online appointments.
Individuals seeking medical assistance for their depression or other mental health concerns may schedule an online session with Dr. Ahuja today by submitting a request form available on our website. Our providers offer their expertise to individuals throughout Beverly Hills, and is currently accepting new patients!
The Different Types of Depression
Depression can be characterized in several unique ways, including five primary forms of this disorder.
Many women experience mild depressive symptoms in the first few weeks after delivering a child, but postpartum depression is a more serious form of this common “baby blues.” Women with postpartum depression may experience symptoms of extreme sadness, fatigue, and anxiety while pregnant or soon after giving birth.
Persistent Depressive Disorder
Also known as dysthymia, persistent depressive disorder is a mood disorder that lasts for a period of two years or more. During this length of time, individuals with persistent depressive disorder are likely to experience varying intensities in their symptoms, leading them to battle severe depression at some moments, and mild symptoms at others.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
This particular subtype of depression causes depressive symptoms to frequently occur during winter months when less sunlight is available during the day. Symptoms typically subside or lessen as the months progress into spring and summer seasons, but are likely to return once winter approaches.
Psychotic depression can occur when a person experiences psychosis, which is usually caused by a deeply disturbing revelation or delusion. This serious condition is often associated with equally serious symptoms and should be treated as soon as possible.