Renowned physician Dr. Ifeanyi Olele provides screening, diagnosis, and treatment of depression at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions in McLean, Virginia, Alexandria, VA, and Washington, DC. Untreated depression can have an impact on every aspect of a person’s life, from private to professional. Dr. Olele takes pride in helping patients improve their physical, mental, and emotional health through comprehensive treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about your options for overcoming depression. Genesis Psychiatric Solutions also offers telemedicine services to patients, including those living inside the greater Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.
Depression is often a result of a chemical brain imbalance. It affects the patient’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and dramatically impacts his or her ability to function and enjoy life.
The most common symptoms of depression include the following when they last for more than two weeks:
For a patient to be diagnosed with major depression they must experience at least five of these symptoms for a minimum of two weeks.
Sadness is a normal part of grieving, but sadness that is persistent and debilitating may be a sign of depression. Depression should always be taken seriously and evaluation by a qualified professional should be sought, even after experiencing the death of a loved one.
A mental health professional can help the patient determine whether their symptoms are indicative of the normal grieving process or something more serious, like depression.
Depression is a complex disease that can affect anyone. Those at highest risk are those who:
Other personal problems, like stress at work or traumatic situations, can contribute to depression in individuals who are predisposed to the condition.
Most patients are treated using a combination of treatments. Some of the most common treatment methods include:
Treatment is customized based on the unique circumstances of each case. If you’ve been living with depression, call or make an appointment online today with Genesis Psychiatric Solutions in McLean, Virginia, Alexandria, VA, and Washinton, DC. If you’re outside of Virginia, be sure to ask about available telepsychiatry services.