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Depression

Depression services offered in Fremont, CA

An estimated 40 million Americans experience persistent depression symptoms. If you can’t overcome feelings of sadness or hopelessness, you can find help at Ocean Psychiatry. The mental health providers offer depression screenings online and in-office. The providers work closely with you to create a treatment plan for your needs. They offer talk therapy, ketamine infusion therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and other therapies to help you find long-lasting relief for your depression symptoms. Call the office in Fremont, California, to schedule a depression screening or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mental health disorder that affects how you think, feel, and act. When you have depression, you can experience a variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe.

The root cause of depression isn’t well understood. Your brain chemistry, hormone levels, and environment can also contribute to your risk factors for the disorder.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression typically last for two weeks or longer and can include:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Worthlessness
  • Guilt
  • Hopelessness
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of interest in your usual activities

Without treatment, depression can increase your risk for drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts or actions.

When should I seek treatment for depression?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Ocean Psychiatry if you have persistent depressive symptoms interfering with your quality of life.

The providers offer depression assessments in-office or through an online telemedicine platform to determine if your symptoms relate to depression or an underlying medical condition.

If you’re thinking about harming yourself or are having suicidal thoughts because of persistent depression, call 911 for emergency medical care.

How is depression treated?

Your initial treatment for depression may include talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and medications.

If these treatments aren’t working well for you, Ocean Psychiatry also offers other options to treat depression, including:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in your brain that control your mood. Treatment can provide long-lasting relief of depressive symptoms.

Ketamine infusion therapy

Ketamine infusion therapy can address severe depression that’s not treatable with traditional antidepressants.

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug, and in low doses, it can create new neural pathways in your brain to quickly relieve depression symptoms. The providers infuse precise doses of ketamine into your bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) line. They also offer Spravato®, a prescription ketamine nasal spray to relieve your symptoms.

The providers may also recommend lifestyle and diet changes to help you better manage depression. They can suggest ways to lower your stress and increase your daily exercise to support your depression treatment.

To schedule a depression screening, call Ocean Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.

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