Depression is a mental health illness that negatively impacts your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Depression is often due to a chemical imbalance in your brain. If your mood-regulating neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, are either at insufficient levels or not working effectively with their receptors, you may develop depression.
Factors that contribute to depression include:
Your risk of developing depression is also affected by your personality. If you have low self-esteem or are generally pessimistic, it’s more likely that you’ll develop depression.
In addition to causing a depressed or sad mood, depression also causes such symptoms as:
If you are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for help.
At My Best Self, LLC, Dr. Bekker begins treatment with a comprehensive assessment of your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. After your initial evaluation, she works with you to implement a comprehensive treatment plan to address your symptoms while resolving the underlying issues and conditions that contribute to your depression. Treatment often involves several modalities, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications.
Medication regulates your brain chemistry, providing mental clarity that allows you to explore your emotions and thought processes and learn techniques to cope with them in therapy. At the same time, Dr. Bekker may suggest dietary adjustments to address vitamin deficiencies or other issues that contribute to your depression. She can also provide medication and treatment to resolve physical health issues or hormonal imbalances.
If you live with depression, call My Best Self, LLC or schedule a consultation online today.