Depression Specialist

Apex Medical Center

Pain Management Physicians & Internists located in Las Vegas, NV & Henderson, NV

Sadness and grief are a normal part of life and are normal, healthy reactions to negative experiences. Depression is different and is a serious medical condition impacting many people from in and around Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. At Apex Medical Center, David Ezeanolue, M.D., C.I.M.E., Alafuro T. Oruene, M.D., and Blanche Y. Bonnick, M.D. offer a compassionate, individualized approach to the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of depression, from mild to severe. If you’re concerned persistent sadness or other symptoms could be signs of depression, reach out and schedule an appointment.

Depression Q & A

What are the signs of depression?

As you move through life, there are going to be periods of time where grief, stress, and sadness are present. A lost love, the death of a family member, and even a sudden job loss can all lead to sadness and grief. Depression, however, is a more persistent and serious matter.

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • No longer enjoying favorite activities
  • Enduring sadness or negative mood
  • Too little or too much sleep
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating

If these symptoms last for more than two weeks, you may be among the estimated one in 15 adults who suffer from depression during any given year.

What are some risk factors for depression?

Depression can impact anyone, but several known risk factors can increase your chances of developing it.

Environmental factors

Early or continuous exposure to violence, abuse, neglect, or poverty can make you more susceptible to depression.

Genetics

Research suggests depression runs in families. If you have a close relative who suffers from depression, you have an elevated risk of developing the condition.

Biochemistry

Your unique brain chemistry can lead to depression, even if there are no apparent sources of sadness or distress.

Personality

Researchers believe people who have low self-esteem or take a general glass-half-empty view of the world have higher rates of depression. Easily becoming overwhelmed in stressful situations may also leave you more vulnerable to developing depression.

How is depression treated?

Depression is a common mental disorder, and it’s also a condition that responds well to treatment. When you come to Apex Medical Center for relief from depression, the process begins with a thorough physical exam and discussion with your doctor.

Some patients find lasting relief through counseling, while others find relief through medication. Making positive changes to your overall environment and coping skills are powerful tools for fighting depression.

If depression prevents you from fully enjoying your life, the team at Apex Medical Center urges you to schedule an appointment to begin looking into treatment options. With the right degree of motivation and effort, it’s possible to get back to a happy, healthy life.