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Depression Specialist

Central Clinic

Family Medicine Practice located in Spring Hill, FL

About 16 million Americans experience depression at any given time. Although common, depression can negatively affect your quality of life and keep you from work or spending time with the people you love. At Central Clinic in Spring Hill, Florida, Poonam Malhotra, MD, provides compassionate care for depression using custom, individualized treatment plans. To schedule your appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest. When left untreated, depression affects the way you think and behave. Over time, it also increases your risk of a variety of health problems.

Depression isn’t a weakness or an indication that there’s something wrong with you. It’s a chronic ailment that requires prompt, effective treatment. While there’s no cure for depression, it is possible to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression affects everyone differently. Common indications of depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Irritability and frustration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Reduced appetite
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

If your depression gets worse, you might experience thoughts of death or suicide. 

Over time, depression can infiltrate nearly every aspect of your life. You may find it hard to go to work, spend time with friends and family, or perform daily tasks like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.

What causes depression?

Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes depression. However, several factors are thought to play a role, including biological differences, brain chemistry, and hormonal imbalances. 

Depression also tends to run in families. If you had a parent or grandparent who experienced depression, you’re more likely to as well.

How is depression diagnosed?

At Central Clinic, diagnosing depression begins with a comprehensive physical and neurological exam. During your appointment, Dr. Malhotra asks you questions about your symptoms and orders laboratory tests to ensure your thyroid is functioning properly. 

They also conduct a psychiatric evaluation. During a psychiatric evaluation, Dr. Malhotra asks about your thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns. You also fill out a survey to answer these questions in more depth.

How is depression treated?

At Central Clinic, you can receive compassionate care for depression. Following your exam, Dr. Malhotra develops an individualized treatment plan. Usually, this involves healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly.

You might also benefit from talk therapy, stress management activities like yoga and meditation, or prescription medications.

To explore your treatment options for depression, schedule an appointment at Central Clinic. Call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online today.