Depression

Dr. Sambunaris & Associates

Psychiatrist & Wellness Specialist located in Alpharetta, GA

Everyone feels sad from time-to-time, but if your down mood is affecting the quality of your life or interfering with your daily routine, it could be a symptom of depression. At Dr. Sambunaris & Associates in Alpharetta, Georgia, psychiatrist Angelo Sambunaris, MD, regularly diagnoses and treats men and women with depression. To learn more about relieving depression through advanced pharmacology or wellness, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects the way you think, feel, and act. Scientists and researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes depression, but it’s thought to be a combination of things that include:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental influences
  • Psychological chemistry

Situations also contribute to depression. For example, an athlete who suffers a season-ending injury can become depressed.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression affects everyone differently, but the telltale symptoms to watch out for include: 

  • General restlessness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • No interest in activities you used to love
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Regular thoughts of guilt and worthlessness
  • Conflict in your personal relationships

The symptoms of depression vary and range from mild to severe. In extreme instances, patients experience suicidal thoughts.

When should I see a doctor about depression?

Anyone who experiences these kinds of feelings for two or more weeks should seek professional medical help.

Depression is also associated with other issues, including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit disorder (ADD) — things that increase the challenge of treatment.

Dr. Sambunaris knows that depression affects every aspect of your health, including your sex drive, energy levels, and sleep patterns. Following a thorough exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion about your symptoms, he develops a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and improve the quality of your life.

What treatments are available for depression?

Dr. Sambunaris offers a variety of treatments of depression, including neuropharmacology, ketamine therapy, healthy lifestyle changes, and counseling.

Ketamine

Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic that’s also used to treat depression. Unlike many traditional antidepressants, ketamine works almost differently. Many men and women see an improvement in their symptoms within the first week of treatment.

Lifestyle and wellness changes

Dr. Sambunaris and his team also use a holistic, alternative approach to treat symptoms of depression. After a one-on-one consultation and evaluation of your medical history, Dr. Sambunaris will recommend an exercise program and/or diet plan that encourages mental clarity and overall well-being.

Counseling

Sometimes, exercise, improved nutrition, and ketamine therapy aren’t enough to improve a patient’s quality of life. If alternative methods of care aren’t able to improve your symptoms, Dr. Sambunaris will refer you to a counselor for talk therapy.

Living with depression isn’t easy, but studies show 80% of individuals who seek treatment see an improvement in the quality of their lives. Call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment at Dr. Sambunaris & Associates today.