Welcome back to our ongoing health and wellness spotlight feature blog series. This month, we wanted to focus on depression and how we work to help our patients who experience this condition. Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions today, affecting roughly 10% of all Americans. Depression can affect people year round, but it is especially common this time of year. As the season changes, the days become colder, darker, and shorter, which can often trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a common type of depression. With this in mind, we thought now would be a great time to focus on depression and the depression treatments we offer here at Family Practice Center.

Depression affects people in different ways. In some cases, people with depression may experience a dulled lack of interest or passion in the things in their life that they once cared about. In other cases, depression can be so severe as to be completely debilitating. In either case, our providers are trained in a wide variety of mental health services including the diagnosis and treatment of depression. Possible treatment options may include counseling, positive lifestyle adjustments, prescription medications like SSRIs, Wellbutrin, and many other classes of medicine, as well as other potential options depending on each patient’s unique situation, history, and preference.

In the video below, our practice founder Dr. Jim Wheeler discusses the importance and impact of seeking treatment for depression:

There is no such thing as a bad time to prioritize your mental health and wellbeing. Follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram for more information on depression, as well as additional health tips, news, and much more. If you would like to schedule an appointment at one of our four Atlanta area locations (Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming), contact Family Practice Center.