Depression Specialist

Vigel M. Varkey, MD

Internal Medicine Provider & Medical Aesthetics Specialist located in New Port Richey, FL

Depression affects over 16 million Americans who experience at least one major depressive episode during their lives. If you’re one them, Vigel M. Varkey, MD, offers diagnosis and compassionate treatment for depression at Vigel Varkey M.D. in New Port Richey, Florida, including medication and therapy referrals. If you or someone you care about may be depressed, call or schedule an appointment online today for screening and compassionate care.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression, clinically known as depressive disorder, is a mental health issue characterized by intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Depression is different than feeling sad or grief in response to any of the normal stressors of life in that it is longer-lasting and often has negative effects on your work, school, and relationships.

Depression is typically diagnosed in adults and it is more common in women than men. Depression can develop on its own, or it may be linked to other health issues like chronic pain, diabetes, or cancer. Many people with diabetes also exhibit symptoms of anxiety disorders.

What are symptoms of depression?

Depression causes a variety of mental and physical symptoms. Depression is diagnosed if you exhibit several of these symptoms for two weeks or more:

  • Feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness
  • Pessimism
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained changes in weight
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Disordered sleep, including oversleeping and insomnia
  • Concentration issues
  • Persistent physical symptoms like stomach aches and headaches

What causes depression?

Depression has a variety of causes and risk factors, but it’s believed that your genetics and brain chemistry play a significant role. In some cases, depression develops because chemicals in your brain like serotonin and dopamine don’t work properly.

Environmental factors can also contribute to depression. For example, if you have a history of abuse, neglect, drug abuse, or poverty, especially during childhood, your chances of developing depression increase. People with low self-esteem and a generally negative outlook on life are also more likely to become depressed.

How do you treat depression?

Dr. Varkey offers care and treatment for depression that is customized to address your specific needs. Typically, treatment includes a combination of medication and talk therapy.

Prescribed medications should correct any chemical imbalances in your brain so that you are able to have constructive conversations with a therapist. Therapy helps you to learn to recognize your feelings and emotional triggers and change the way you choose to respond to your feelings.

If you’re concerned about depression, call or make an appointment online today to talk to Dr. Varkey.