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Depression Specialist

Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness

Psychiatric Clinic & Addiction Medicine located in Edina, MN & Lakeville, MN

If you’re living with persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness and have lost interest in previously enjoyed activities, you might have depression. At Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness in Edina, Minnesota, Adejoke Adedeji, APRN, and the team of mental health professionals offers compassionate and comprehensive treatment for depression. You can escape the dark cloud of depression. Call Nexus of Hope or schedule a consultation online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression, clinically referred to as major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition that causes pervasive feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Depression can interfere with your ability to function normally and disrupt your relationships and overall health.

Depression is different from sadness or grief that everyone experiences from time to time. While loss or another unfortunate event usually stimulates everyday sadness or grief, depression might not have a trigger. Additionally, normal sadness usually passes relatively quickly, while depression can last for months or years if left untreated. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression causes a variety of symptoms that range in severity. In addition to persistent feelings of sadness, you might also experience:

  • Feelings of despair, worthlessness, or guilt
  • Tearfulness
  • Irritability and angry outbursts
  • Loss of interest in your regular activities
  • Libido loss
  • Changes in your appetite or weight
  • Changes in your sleep habits
  • Reduced concentration and indecisiveness
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Depression can also lead to substance abuse, social withdrawal, and decreased performance at work or school. 

What causes depression?

Depression is due to abnormal brain chemistry in the region of your brain that regulates your mood. Your hormones might also contribute to your condition and symptoms. Your risk of depression increases if you have:

  • A family history of depression or another mental illness
  • A personal history of trauma
  • Personality traits like pessimism or low self-esteem
  • A chronic health condition such as cancer or chronic pain

Additionally, loss or another traumatic experience can trigger depression. 

How is depression treated?

The team at Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness provides thorough assessments before recommending any treatment plan. In addition to evaluating you for signs of depression, they ask about aspects of your life and health to identify other factors that contribute to your condition. 

When the team understands your needs, they create a personalized, holistic treatment plan, combining conventional depression treatments like medication and therapy with complementary therapies and lifestyle modifications. 

The team knows that antidepressants don’t work for everyone. If you’ve tried several different types of oral antidepressants without successful remission of your symptoms, they offer Spravato™. Spravato is an intranasal esketamine spray that’s FDA-approved for treatment-resistant depression. 

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If you feel like depression interferes with your quality of life, call Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness or make an appointment online today.