Depression Specialist

Pacifica Care of Suncoast

Psychiatrists located in Punta Gorda, FL

Depression isn’t just feeling sad or down; it’s a serious mental health disorder that can seriously disrupt your life and relationships. You can get the help you need at Pacifica Care of Suncoast in Punta Gorda, Florida, with Dr. Laura Tait and her compassionate staff. With effective care, you can find relief from your symptoms and get your life back. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

Pacifica Care of Suncoast

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder that negatively affects your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and is characterized by intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Depression is different from grief or sadness, which are often triggered by events in your life. Depression is a chronic mental illness that distorts your self-worth and worldview.

Over 16% of people will experience depression at some point during their lives. It typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. Women are more likely to develop depression than men.

What are symptoms of depression?

Depression causes a variety of symptoms. For a clinical diagnosis, you need to have experienced some of the following symptoms for at least two weeks:

  • Feelings of intense sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Concentration issues
  • Loss of interest in formerly enjoyed activities
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Increased purposeless activity like pacing or hand-wringing
  • Preoccupation with death or suicidal thoughts

What causes depression?

While the exact cause of depression is currently unknown, a combination of factors including genetics, environmental issues, and brain chemistry contributes to the development of the disorder. Studies show that imbalances of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine contribute to depression. If you have a family history of depression or other mental health issues, your chances of developing the disorder increase.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Tait and the team at Pacifica Care of Suncoast offer customized treatment plans to address your depression. They combine medication, psychotherapy, lifestyle advice, and alternative therapies to reduce your symptoms and improve your wellness.

Antidepressant medications can restore chemical balance to your brain and can alleviate some of your symptoms. Psychotherapy allows you to talk about your concerns and worries in a safe environment and gives you the opportunity to learn techniques to reframe your thinking and your behavioral responses to your thoughts and feelings.

Lifestyle modifications to your diet and exercise improve your overall wellness as well as reduce some of the symptoms of depression. The team at Pacifica Care of Suncoast also offers Botox injections and other alternative therapies that are emerging as effective tools in reducing depression symptoms.

If you’re concerned about depression, call or schedule a consultation online today.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate assistance.