Depression Specialist

West Plano Medical Associates -  - Internal Medicine

West Plano Medical Associates

Internal Medicine located in Plano, TX

Everyone feels sad from time to time, but if your mood stays low for weeks or even months, an underlying health problem like depression may be to blame. At West Plano Medical Associates, Safoora Harandi, MD, Sarah Guido-NP, and Julie Ramus-NP, regularly diagnoses and treats patients with depression. Don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help. Make an appointment by calling the office in Plano, Texas, or clicking the online booking tool today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mood disorder characterized by intense, long-term feelings of sadness and loss of interest. 

Also known as major depressive disorder, depression affects how you think and feel. Left untreated, depression can lead to more serious health problems and interfere with your ability to work or participate in routine activities. 

Depression is a serious medical problem that has tangible, real-life consequences. Although depression typically requires long-term treatment, many people with depression benefit from medical intervention and go on to live happy, healthy lives. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

The symptoms of depression vary. Some people only experience one episode of depression, but it’s typically a life long problem. During depressive episodes, it’s common for patients to experience symptoms like:

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Trouble thinking
  • Restlessness

As depression gets worse, many people also experience a lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy, including sex, sports, or hobbies. More serious cases of depression can also lead to suicidal thoughts or recurrent thoughts of death.

When should I visit a doctor about depression?

Day-to-day life is challenging and filled with obstacles. It’s perfectly normal to feel sad or upset every once in a while, but if your mood is consistently low, it's time to seek professional medical help. 

The team at West Plano Medical Associates provides quality, comprehensive care in a welcoming and entirely private environment.

How is depression diagnosed?

To determine if you have depression, your West Plano Medical Associates provider performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing. 

Your doctor might also order a complete blood count (CBC) or thyroid panel to make sure an underlying health issue isn’t the source of your problem. After gathering all of this information, they can develop a treatment plan.  

How is depression treated?

Most people with depression benefit from a combination of prescription medications and psychotherapy. 

Depending on the nature of your symptoms, your provider might also recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep. 

To learn more about treatments for depression, make an appointment at West Plano Medical Associates. Call the office or click the online booking tool today. 

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