Adnan Durrani, M.D.
Psychiatrist located in Lorton, Suite 123, VA
As many as 19.4 million Americans experience at least one major depressive episode within a year. If you need help getting your depression under control, you can find compassionate care at the office of Adnan Durrani, MD LLC. Dr. Durrani will design a treatment plan using the latest therapeutic techniques and medications to relieve your persistent feelings of sadness, guilt, and worthlessness so that you can get back to a life you love. All services are currently available through Dr. Durrani’s online telemedicine platform as well as in office visits. Book a depression consultation online or call the office in Lorton, Virginia, today.
Depression Q & A
What is depression?
Depression is a common mental health condition. It affects how you think, feel, and act. People with depression experience persistent sadness and hopelessness that can last for weeks, months, or even years.
Without the proper treatment, depression increases your risk of engaging in reckless behaviors, having suicidal thoughts, and maybe acting on them.
What are the symptoms of depression?
In addition to persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness, depression causes several symptoms that affect your quality of life. These include:
- Low mood
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Difficulties concentrating
- Lack of energy
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
In some cases, depression symptoms are severe enough that you can’t meet your responsibilities, hold a job, or adequately care for yourself.
Your symptoms must have lasted at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Some people show similar symptoms caused by underlying vitamin deficiencies or thyroid conditions. So it’s essential that you schedule a depression screening at the office of Adnan Durrani, MD LLC to get the correct diagnosis.
How is depression treated?
Depression is a highly treatable condition, and Dr. Durrani designs a treatment plan for your individual needs.
In many cases, treatment starts with lifestyle and diet changes to improve your overall health. Exercise is also an excellent way to reduce stress and make the most of your physical and mental health.
Dr. Durrani might also recommend one or more services currently available only through the online telemedicine platform.
Psychotherapy (talk therapy) and cognitive behavioral therapy can help people with depression recognize the negative and intrusive thoughts.
Dr. Durrani guides you through each session and gives you the tools you need to change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, lifting the weight of depression.
Medication is available to help relieve the symptoms of depression. Many of the medicines work by changing your brain chemistry to reduce feelings of worthlessness and guilt and stop suicidal thoughts.
Dr. Durrani works closely with you to help you find the correct medicine and dosage. You might need to try more than one kind of antidepressant to see which works best for you. Many depression medications take several weeks to work fully but are highly effective at controlling your symptoms.
Call the office of Adnan Durrani, MD LLC today or go online to schedule a depression consultation.