Depression (also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable, and Make You Well is here to help. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
Many residents of Torrance, CA and the surrounding areas have suffered from depression in one form or another, but luckily depression is treatable at Make You Well. As a primary care office, Make You Well’s staff of providers can help diagnose and treat many forms of depression.
Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can occur at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. There is a high degree of heritability (approximately 40%) when first-degree relatives (parents/children/siblings) have depression.
If you are experiencing Feeling sad or having a depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed, changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, loss of energy or increased fatigue, increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others), feeling worthless or guilty, difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions, thoughts of death or suicide, please contact Make You Well Family Practice & Aesthetics in Torrance, CA to make an appointment with one of our providers who can help diagnose and treat depression.