Depression is very common and can be difficult to overcome without effective treatment intervention. Depression often decreases motivation to connect with others or to engage in enjoyable activities which can leave one feeling even more depressed. At The Clinic, with locations in Palo Alto, San Jose, the Pacific Heights neighborhood and Financial District of San Francisco, California, our team of highly-experienced doctors help patients break the hold of depression and get back to living a life they value. The Clinic will also soon service patients out of its new Berkeley and Marin locations.
Depression is a common mood disorder that can negatively affect one’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. An estimated 7% of the adult population and 8% of teens in this country suffer from some type of depression. Severity and specific experiences differ from person to person, but for most, symptoms include: feelings of sadness, tearfulness, anxiety, agitation, problems with sleeping too much or too little, a loss of interest in pleasurable activities, or a change in appetite. If left untreated, depression can worsen and is often accompanied by thoughts and feelings that life is not worth living.
Like anxiety, depression is complex and can be caused by various factors, including: genetic vulnerability, brain chemistry, stressful life events, medical problems, hormone imbalances (as with postpartum depression) and relationship problems. Researchers have identified genes that make individuals more susceptible to the depression.
After a thorough evaluation, our doctors work with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan, often utilizing multiple modalities that are in line with the patient’s goals and values. These may include:
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