Depression

At Your Service Psychiatry

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners & TeleMedicine Providers located in Multiple States

If you’re finding every day a struggle because of the weight of depression, At Your Service Psychiatry can help. We provide an entirely online service for patients with a range of serious psychiatric disorders, including depression. Even if you can’t bear leaving the house, you can benefit from our help via video link. At Your Service Psychiatry has its base in Bloomingdale, Illinois, but we have licenses to provide telepsychiatry services in 20 states nationwide. To see available appointments and schedule, click the button below today.

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Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression –– also known as major depressive disorder –– is a mental health problem that causes negative feelings to take over your life. 

You feel sad or low most if not all of the time, and there doesn’t seem to be anything you can do to shake off the negative emotions you’re experiencing.

Symptoms of depression vary, so each person’s experience of this illness is unique to them. However, there are some common signs, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • No enthusiasm for hobbies
  • Handwringing or pacing
  • Slowed movements and speech
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Thinking about death or suicide

While everyone has times where they feel low and depressed, if these symptoms last for more than two weeks, you could have clinical depression.

What causes depression?

Common triggers for depression include life events and experiences, such as losing a job, experiencing a profound loss, or having a chronic illness. 

However, it’s not just negative experiences that trigger depression. Some people get depression after moving to a new home or getting a job they really wanted.

Sometimes depression sets in without there being an obvious trigger. You just gradually find yourself becoming more unhappy until your life seems like a continual struggle.

Research shows that the balance of chemicals in your brain plays a role in depression. What isn’t always clear is whether the chemical imbalance causes depression or whether the feelings of depression cause the chemical imbalance.

How is depression treated?

Treatment for mild depression usually involves talking therapies. A combination of talking therapies and medication is often most effective for moderate to severe depression.

Allison provides both psychotherapy and prescription antidepressant medication for patients with her practice At Your Service Psychiatry. What’s different about Allison’s practice is that all her consultations take place using videoconferencing.

This method is known as telepsychiatry. Rather than having to get to your therapist’s office for your consultation, you can speak to Allison securely using Zoom technology, which is similar to using Skype.

What are the advantages of telepsychiatry for depression?

The advantages of telepsychiatry for people with depression are significant. When you have severe depression, it can be impossible to get out of bed, let alone make it out of the house for an appointment. With telepsychiatry, Allison can help you even when you can’t get up.

Many people who get depression also have anxiety, which can make leaving your home very stressful and even cause panic attacks. 

With telepsychiatry, this no longer needs to be an issue. Allison has licenses to practice in 20 states, so you can take advantage of her services from as far apart as Vermont to New Mexico.

To see available appointments and schedule, book an appointment online today.

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