Drs. Ryan and Olivia Lee, psychiatric nurse practitioners located in Scottsdale, AZ, are well-versed in depression treatment through the utilization of medication management and psychotherapy. Please contact us to discuss our treatment options and availability!
What is Depression?
Do you feel like you are constantly walking through a haze? Is it tough for you to get out of bed every morning and take on the day? You may be suffering from depression. Depression, or major depressive disorder (MDD), is a mental health disorder that results in persistent sadness and low energy that can make it very difficult to function and lead to a decreased quality of life. Symptoms of depression may include: sadness present on most days, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once found enjoyable, changes in appetite, weight loss or weight gain, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, fatigue, loss of energy and motivation, feeling worthless or excessively guilty, and a loss of will to live. Individuals with depression often find it difficult to connect with others, leaving them feeling isolated and alone. Although a potentially debilitating condition, there is hope in that there are proven treatments that decrease the severity and duration of symptoms.
How is depression treated?
Depression may be treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that can help to decrease symptoms of depression. The first-line medications in the treatment of depression are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Examples of SSRIs include sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), and escitalopram (Lexapro). Research shows that the best outcomes for depression occur with a combination of both psychotherapy and medication management. Our providers believe in the judicious use of psychiatric medication and will take into account the severity of your symptoms and level of functioning when making treatment recommendations.