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Depression Screening

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Family Medical Doctors

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in New Port Richey, FL

Depression affects more than 17 million adults in the US. Feeling sad from time-to-time is normal, but if your prolonged sadness is affecting your daily life, then it may be time to get help. The team at Family Medical Doctors in Trinity, Florida, offers depression screenings to help you understand the source of your depressive symptoms and provide options for treatment. For an appointment, call the office, or book online today.

Depression Screening Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a cognitive disorder that affects how you think and feel. The condition may interfere with your daily activities. Different types of depression occur under varying circumstances and include:

Persistent depressive disorder

Persistent depressive disorder, or dysthymia, refers to depression that lasts two or more years and may include periods of major depression.

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is relatively common and occurs after a woman gives birth. This form of depression often causes prolonged feelings of emptiness and anxiety.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the winter months when there are fewer daylight hours. People with SAD tend to have symptoms of depression for several months out of the year.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression symptoms vary in both type and severity. Common symptoms include:

  • Feelings of sadness 
  • Anxiety
  • Pessimism, hopelessness
  • Irritability 
  • Guilt and shame
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Aches and pains

To be diagnosed with depression, you must be experiencing symptoms of depression for two or more weeks.

What happens during a depression screening?

The doctors at Family Medical Doctors put you and your health above all else. During your depression screening, they take the time to listen to your concerns and symptoms while asking detailed questions to understand what may have triggered your depression.

They may also order tests to assess your health further and determine if there’s an underlying health condition that may be responsible for your depression.

What happens after a depression screening?

Following a comprehensive screening for depression at Family Medical Doctors, you will better understand what could be affecting your mood and the steps needed to feel better.

Your provider may refer you out to a specialist or recommend additional options that could include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Talk therapy
  • Diet modification
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Exercise programs

To get help with your depression from a team of compassionate and caring physicians, call Family Medical Doctors today, or request an appointment online.

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