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Depression Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

Depression is a serious, debilitating mood disorder that affects people of all ages. Though depression may occur at any age, it often starts during the teenage years or young adulthood. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, understands how depression can take over your life and has been helping patients overcome their depression without medication since 1980. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that causes persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Everyone is susceptible to depression. 

Elements that may contribute to the onset of depression include genetics, biology, past trauma, as well as environmental and psychological factors. 

Depression isn’t a character flaw and not something you can simply “get over.” Depression alters thinking and brain function and creates a dysregulated state.

When your brain is in a dysregulated state due to depression, you become locked into repetitive negative thinking that affects your body and brain. 

When does depression occur?

Depression can occur at any age. But most people experience their first bouts of depression during their teen years or early adulthood.

Adolescents are particularly susceptible to depression due to additional factors that affect mood and self-image, such as hormonal changes, psychosocial pressures, and achievement issues related to school demands.

There’s also a significant overlap between depression and anxiety, and they often occur together. If you suffer from depression, you’re more likely to develop anxiety and vice versa.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression vary in type and severity. You don’t have to suffer from all symptoms to be diagnosed with depression. 

Common depression symptoms include:

  • Sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Withdrawal from friends or family
  • Excessive guilt
  • Poor concentration
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in weight
  • Sleep disturbance

Though it’s not uncommon to experience feelings of sadness from time to time, depression is diagnosed when these feelings occur on a daily basis and last two or more weeks. 

How is depression treated?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine takes an innovative approach to the treatment of depression. 

The neurophysical medicine practice incorporates psychophysiological testing with biofeedback instruments and quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) brain mapping to identify the dysregulated areas of your brain. 

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses LORETA (low-resolution electromagnetic tomography analysis) biofeedback to stabilize the dysregulated areas of the brain and reduce your depression symptoms. 

To support your healing process, Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine may also suggest including psychotherapy with your biofeedback. 

Depression is common and no single treatment works for all. To learn more about the innovative therapies for depression available at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, call the office to book an appointment today.