Depression Specialist

A+ Total Care

Urgent Care, Family Practice, & Occupational Medicine located in Elko, NV

It’s normal to feel down every once in a while, but if your mood is affecting your everyday life, you may be suffering from depression. Jay Lao, NP, at A+ Total Care in Elko, Nevada, offers urgent and long-term management of depression. If you need help and want to feel better, call the office or schedule an appointment online. The office is open seven days a week, and walk-ins are always welcome.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes you to feel down or sad. It’s normal to have these feelings on occasion, but if your low mood lasts longer than two weeks, there may be something more going on.

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Its exact cause isn’t known, but a number of factors may play a role in its development, including genetic, environmental, biological, and psychological factors.  

What are the different types of depression?

There are a number of types of depression, including:

Dysthymia

Dysthymia is depression that lasts for two or more years. Your symptoms may vary from mild to severe.

Postpartum depression

After having a baby, many women develop postpartum depression, which can make taking care of a newborn very hard to do. Women with postpartum depression may experience major depression, anxiety, and exhaustion.

Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that can occur during the winter months when there is less sun exposure. Your mood may lift as you head into the spring and summer months.

What types of symptoms indicate depression?

Symptoms of depression can vary. But if you’ve been feeling any of the following symptoms almost every day for two weeks or more, you may have depression. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Hopeless
  • Irritability
  • Guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Disinterest in your preferred activities
  • Aches or pains
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Even if you’re only suffering from one or two of these symptoms, you may benefit from an examination at A+ Total Care.

How is depression treated?

When you’re feeling down, you may think nothing can help. But even the most severe symptoms of depression can be treated. Your health care expert at A+ Total Care may recommend antidepressants and therapy to help improve your depression and your mood.

After starting medication, it may take up to four weeks until you notice an improvement in your mood. However, your appetite and energy levels may return sooner. Your health care expert will continue to follow up with you to monitor your progress and make adjustments to your medication as needed.

For treatment of your depression, book an appointment online or over the phone with A+ Total Care. The clinic is open seven days a week, and walk-ins are always welcome.