Depression Specialist

North Houston Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Physician located in Cypress, TX

Depression affects 19 million American adults every year. Only a third of those actively seek support from a mental health professional; however, the National Mental Health Association says that over 80% of people who seek treatment find it to be successful. Ashish Kapoor, MD, at North Houston Internal Medicine in Cypress, Texas, provides compassionate treatment programs for anyone going through depression or other mental health conditions. He works with you to not only restore your mental health but also to help prevent any further recurrences. Come in and speak with him – call today or make an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression is often misunderstood as merely feeling sad or low, but there are many other tell-tale signs that someone is depressed. However, they can go unnoticed if people aren’t aware to look out for them. Depression often causes:

  • Memory problems
  • Disrupted sleep patterns (sleeping a lot or not sleeping)
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of energy
  • Apathy
  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling guilty
  • Feeling worthless
  •  Frequent headaches or stomach pains
  • Persistently feeling sad, angry, or hopeless
  • Suicidal thoughts

Discussing your symptoms with a mental health professional is the first step to successfully managing them.

What are the types of depression?

There are several different types of depression you can be diagnosed with, including:

Seasonal Affective Disorder 

This form of depression is triggered by dark days and fewer hours of sunlight.

Postpartum Depression 

This form of depression in women starts after childbirth.

Atypical Depression 

Atypical Depression is the least understood depression. It manifests as heaviness in the arms and legs, almost to the point of paralysis.

Psychotic Depression 

Impacting 20% of people, psychotic depression is often diagnosed when depression becomes so severe that people experience hallucinations

Persistent Depressive Disorder 

Also known as dysthymia, persistent depressive disorder is when someone experiences symptoms of depression daily for a year or more.

Major Depressive Disorder

This is also known as clinical depression and involves experiencing severe symptoms of depression daily for more than two weeks, which often manifests in a major depressive episode.

There are several other forms of depression, as well as other mental health diagnoses that may include depression as one of the symptoms. However, it’s best to schedule a visit with Dr. Kapoor and ensure you are properly diagnosed.

What causes clinical depression?

Many factors can contribute to clinical depression. For some people, it could be a significant event or a series of circumstances, while others may become depressed for no reason at all. Medical professionals have identified some common influences.

  • Biological: changes in brain chemicals can contribute to depression
  • Medical: medications can create a chemical imbalance, or depression can accompany certain illnesses such as cancer or chronic pain
  • Gender: women tend to experience depression more than men, possibly because of hormonal changes
  • Genes: depression may run in the family
  • Cognitive: people with low self-esteem or negative thinking patterns are more likely to become depressed
  • Environmental: a difficult life circumstance can often cause depression, which may trigger a long-term episode, or be temporary until the situation ends

Depression can be all-consuming, but it is treatable. With the right help, you can recover and take back control of your life. To find out how, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kapoor at North Houston Internal Medicine today. Call the office or book an appointment online.