Everything You Need to Know about Depression in Chicago, IL
The impact that depression has on a person’s health is serious and profound, affecting a person’s quality of life in much the same way that a chronic physical illness can. Just because you can’t see depression doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or that it doesn’t require treatment or expert care. You are not alone in your fight against depression. Our Chicago medical team can help.
When you think about getting proper medical care for mental health most people don’t think of turning to their internist; however, many people dealing with complex or chronic health problems are also at an increased risk for developing depression, and leaving depression untreated can affect the efficacy of managing medical problems. For example, those patients who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to develop depression because they are less likely to engage in self-care.
When you come into our office our goal is to make sure that you feel heard and understood. We understand the stress and overwhelm that can come with depression and we want to work with you to help manage your symptoms and improve your overall health and quality of life. We can often recognize the symptoms of depression and it’s important that you see a doctor that you trust when you notice these symptoms surfacing. Even mild depression can impact your health and outlook. Symptoms can range from loss of pleasure to insomnia, loss of appetite and extreme fatigue.
While some people may turn to a psychologist for treatment, you may be surprised to hear that many people who receive treatment for depression do so within a primary care setting. One way in which depression can be managed is with medication such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Along with medication, your doctor can recommend certain lifestyle changes that can also improve self-care and your outlook (e.g. exercise; eating healthy; getting enough sleep). Your doctor will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will help you feel better. Our internists can also recommend and refer you to a psychologist who can provide you with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to provide you with more effective coping strategies to handle your mood disorder.
If you or a loved one is dealing with depression it’s important that you have a doctor that you can turn to for treatment. Call Michigan Avenue Internists in Chicago at (312) 922-3815 .