What are the symptoms of depression?
- Sadness and hopelessness
- Little or no enjoyment in activities or hobbies
- Lack of energy and fatigue
- Little or no motivation
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and helplessness
- Negative thoughts
- “Empty” feelings
- Loss of sex drive
- Trouble with concentration
- Not moving around as much as you normally
- Suicidal thoughts
What can I expect when I see a psychiatric nurse practitioner or psychiatrist?
The following are some of the questions you will be asked:
When did your symptoms start?
How long have they lasted?
How severe are your symptoms?
Do mental health issues, including depression run in your family?
Do you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse?
Have you ever felt this way before?
Have you ever received treatment for your depression before?
What kind of treatment is available to me?
The first step is to conduct a thorough assessment and receive a diagnosis from a psychiatric nurse practitioner or a psychiatrist. Depression can be treated in-person or through Telehealth. With Owens Mental Health you can expect to have all your questions answered and to receive a treatment plan. I specialize in psychiatric medication management and based on your assessment and diagnosis I will recommend a medication when it is appropriate. Sometimes medication is not appropriate and I will tell you this. In addition to medication or instead of it counseling, treatment from your primary care provider, diet changes, exercise and other lifestyle changes may be recommended.