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Depression Specialist

Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center

Psychiatric Clinic located in Las Vegas, NV

More than 19 million people, including children and teens, receive a depression diagnosis every year in the United States. The mood disorder affects how you feel, think, and behave. But with help from Martin Binyange, DNP, PMHNP-BC, MPH, and the team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center, you can get relief from your depression symptoms. To schedule an evaluation for depression, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that causes ongoing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair. These feelings affect your thoughts and behavior and interfere with daily activities like work, school, or sleep.

Depression affects people of all ages, including children and teens. However, a diagnosis is more common in adults. Researchers theorize that a combination of factors triggers this mood disorder, including genetics, environmental, biological, and psychological. 

Certain types of depression develop under various circumstances. For example, some people develop feelings of depression during the winter months when there’s less natural sunlight. This is known as seasonal affective disorder. 

Postpartum depression is a type of depression that affects women after they have a baby. People with bipolar disorder also experience periods of depression, along with periods of mania. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Though there are many types of depression that develop under various circumstances, symptoms of depression are similar. 

Signs and symptoms that may indicate you or someone you love is suffering from depression include:

  • Ongoing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Lack of interest in friends or social activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Aches and pain with no known physical cause
  • Digestive problems

You don’t have to experience all of the symptoms to have depression. 

How is depression diagnosed?

The team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center conducts a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to diagnose depression. For an official depression diagnosis, you must have a generally low mood and ongoing symptoms of depression that last two or more weeks.

However, even if your symptoms don’t fit the official diagnosis of depression, you may still benefit from an evaluation and treatment plan. Getting an early diagnosis and treatment plan for depression can help you feel better sooner. 

How is depression treated?

The team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center believes patients get the most benefits from their mental health services with a dynamic and in-depth action plan that focuses on emotional and holistic health. 

The primary treatment for depression at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center includes individual, group, or family counseling, along with medication. 

The team works closely with you to help you understand your mood disorder and helps you develop tools and techniques that provide long-term symptom relief.

For compassionate care, call Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center, or book an appointment online today.