Family Medicine located in Long Beach and Saucier, MS
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Depression services offered in Long Beach and Saucier, MS

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, impacting more than 17 million Americans each year. At The Relief Clinic in Long Beach and Saucier, Mississippi, family medicine specialist Philip Levin, MD, and his team deliver expert care for depression to help manage your condition and relieve your symptoms. Call The Relief Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about depression.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that affects your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The disorder can negatively impact the way you feel about yourself and others, leading to sadness, hopelessness, and low energy. As depression worsens, it can diminish your ability to work, study, or carry out routine tasks at home.

What are the signs of depression?

Everyone with depression experiences different symptoms, but common signs include:

  • Feelings of intense sadness or hopelessness
  • Pulling away from loved ones
  • Apathy toward activities you once enjoyed
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain or other types of mysterious body pain
  • Headaches
  • Unintended weight loss or gain
  • Low libido
  • Irritability

The symptoms of depression may come and go or persist for long periods. As depression worsens, it can affect your productivity and interfere with your interpersonal relationships.

What causes depression?

While there’s no single cause of depression, researchers believe brain chemistry and hormonal changes can increase your risk of developing the condition. Other common risk factors for depression include:

  • Experiencing traumatic events, such as physical or sexual abuse
  • Having close relatives with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder
  • Having a history of substance misuse
  • Chronic illness, like cancer or heart disease
  • Taking certain medications, such as hypertension pills

You’re also more likely to experience depression if you have a history of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another mental health disorder.

What are the treatments for depression?

At The Relief Clinic, your provider takes a multimodality approach to care that addresses your specific symptoms. They start by performing a physical exam and medical history review to rule out underlying conditions before creating your personalized treatment plan.

Depression treatments that your provider may recommend include:

  • Diet changes
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) from a therapist
  • Drug and alcohol cessation
  • Medication
  • Exercise

For some people, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) in medical marijuana may have antidepressant effects. As a medical marijuana provider, The Relief Clinic may recommend this treatment to help reduce the symptoms of depression.

Call The Relief Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about depression.