More than 16 million American adults have major depression and suffer from intense sadness that interferes with their quality of life. At Christie’s Family Health LLC, Sheritha Chambliss, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, offers a comprehensive, personalized approach to treating depression. You don’t need to live under the dark cloud of depression. Call Family Medical Center in Houston, Texas, or request a consultation online today.
Major depression, also often referred to as major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition caused by changes in the brain chemistry that affect the transmission of the chemicals and neurotransmitters used in emotional responses. It is characterized by feelings of extreme sadness, hopelessness, and apathy.
There are a variety of factors that can influence a person’s likelihood of developing depression, such as difficult circumstances, genetics, stress, changes in hormone levels, medical conditions, and grief. Many individuals can struggle with undiagnosed major depressive disorder for years; however, with effective care, many patients can achieve good mental and physical health.
When a patient has depression, his or her emotions, thought patterns, and behavior are all affected. Symptoms include but are not limited to:
Following a thorough psychiatric assessment, Sheritha will create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. She often uses a customized combination of treatments such as lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and medication management.
During therapy sessions, Sheritha helps her patients find relief from symptoms that will enable them to return to normal day-to-day activity. Patients may also benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, where they learn to recognize potential triggers and adjust their behaviors to healthier choices. Sheritha may provide advice and support to encourage her patients to increase physical activity, improve sleeping and eating patterns, and reduce stress. She may also prescribe antidepressants depending on the needs of the individual patient.
If you are suffering from symptoms of major depression, call Christie’s Family Health LLC or request an appointment online today.