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Visalia Laser and Skin

Medical Spa located in Visalia, CA

When you have depression, just the thought of getting help might be overwhelming. Visalia Laser and Skin wants you to know it’s possible to feel better. Depression is treatable, and the provider meets you right where you are and provides ongoing support until the provider finds the appropriate treatment. For compassionate care in and around Visalia, California, book an appointment at Visalia Laser and Skin online or by phone.

Depression Q & A

Visalia Laser and Skin

What is depression?

Depression is more than just a state of feeling down that you can turn around. This medical condition causes adverse emotional and psychological effects that sometimes require medical intervention.

If your symptoms persist for two weeks or longer and affect your day-to-day activities, you may have depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression can come on gradually or rapidly. Sometimes the changes are so subtle you don’t even notice them. Left untreated, they may start to interfere with your everyday functioning.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
  • Tiredness or lack of motivation
  • Lack of appetite or overeating
  • Apathy toward your favorite hobbies and activities
  • Changes to your sleeping patterns
  • Body aches
  • Thoughts of suicide

What causes depression?

Researchers have not determined all the factors that lead to depression, but they know certain genetic, environmental, and biological effects contribute to this condition.

What treatment options are available for depression?

Even the most severe cases of depression are treatable. The provider's compassionate and friendly demeanor make it easy for them to get know you and establish a trusting doctor-patient relationship.

Visalia Laser and Skin promotes a multidirectional treatment approach, including any combination of medication, self-care, and therapy, for the best defense against depression.

Medication

Some adults and children need medication to help them recover from depression. Everyone reacts differently to antidepressants, so the provider works closely with you to find the appropriate therapeutic course of treatment.

Therapy

Counseling, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, helps fight depression from another angle, including your thought patterns. the provider provides referrals to reputable therapists, when appropriate.

Self-care

Even when you least feel like it, it’s important to practice healthy habits and self-care to counteract the effects of depression. Exercise, for example, provides incredible feel-good benefits and, in some cases, can be just as effective as medication.

Sleep and stress reduction are also important when you’re depressed. Since sleep deprivation and stress exacerbate depression, you can work on avoiding them with good habits.

Spending time with family and friends is also important because this helps you feel connected and supported. Isolation can be a risk factor and complication of depression, so stay in contact with the loved ones that mean the most to you.

If you’re struggling with depression, make an appointment online or call the front desk.