Depression Treatment at Pacific Health Systems San Diego
Everyone goes through brief periods of sadness. But persistent feelings of hopelessness and despair can cause serious problems – and may be indicative of Major Depressive Disorder.
Depression can significantly impact your daily life, robbing you of your ability to be productive or experience joy. And no one is immune. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 7% of the U.S. population experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
While depression can have devastating consequences, it is also highly treatable. With a proper diagnosis and customized treatment plan, it is possible to enjoy life again. At Pacific Health Systems, we offer comprehensive depression treatment services to help you effectively manage your depression symptoms – and live your life to the fullest.
Talk to one of our doctors about depression treatment options. Call now to schedule an appointment (619) 267-9257
Depression Looks Different for Everyone
One of the most commonly understood symptoms of major depressive disorder is an overwhelming feeling of sadness. But no two people experience depression in exactly the same way. While feeling sad is a hallmark of the condition, there are many other symptoms of depression as well, including:
- Persistent fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia, or oversleeping
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Drastic change in appetite
- Memory loss
- Digestive problems
- Physical aches or cramps
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Just as the symptoms of depression can manifest themselves differently, depression can also take different forms.
Common depressive disorders include:
Also known as Clinical Depression, it’s characterized by severe depressive episodes with symptoms that last for at least two weeks at a time.
A longer lasting type of depression, it features less severe symptoms that last for a longer period of time – typically two years or more.
This serious mood disorder occurs alongside episodes of psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions of extreme worthlessness or failure.
Distinguished by symptoms that appear in the fall, SAD results in feelings of lethargy and despondency throughout the winter months.
How We Treat Depression
Because depression can present itself in so many different ways, it’s crucial to obtain an accurate diagnosis before treatment begins. At Pacific Health Systems, we understand the importance of individualized care. That’s why we take a holistic approach to diagnosis, evaluating physical and emotional symptoms, medical history, and the patient’s relationship to drugs and alcohol before designing a highly customized treatment plan.
Depending on your specific symptoms, you may benefit from one or more of the following treatment programs:
Working one-on-one with a psychologist can help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and learn to make decisions that support your optimal mental health.
Counselor-mediated group therapy sessions provide a supportive, therapeutic environment to work toward a shared treatment goal.
Antidepressants and mood stabilizers help correct chemical imbalances and manage symptoms that cannot be alleviated with psychotherapy alone.
Two main types of ketamine are used to treat depression, that has been unresponsive to two or more types of medication, by interacting differently with receptors in the brain than typical treatment alternatives. Learn more about Ketamine for Depression.
A nasal spray utilizing the drug esketamine, typically used in addition to another oral antidepressant medication. Learn more about SPRAVATO™ for Depression.
Comprehensive Depression Treatment at Pacific Health Systems in San Diego
If you’re struggling with depression, you’re not alone – help is available. Pacific Health Systems can provide you with the treatment you need to relieve your symptoms and start on your journey toward a healthier, happier life.
For more information on our depression treatment services, call us at (619) 267-9257.