Adult Depression

Online or In Office Treatment Specialists for Depression 

Aura MD offers comprehensive and individualized, attentive treatment and management for patients struggling with depression symptoms.

Feeling down and not like your usual self?

You’re not alone.  Anxiety and depression are some of the most common mental health issues, with tens of millions of people suffering from them in the United States alone.

We all have emotional ups and downs but more persistent low mood or loss of interest for weeks at a time can be an indicator of a need for a more proactive approach.  Anxiety and depression can have a profound impact on work, relationships, and personal life so it’s important to receive an accurate diagnosis in order to take the right steps to manage your mental health.

We know how hard it can be to find a psychiatrist in Texas.

That’s why we offer online psychiatry and in-person appointments, so you never have to worry about not being able to see your provider conveniently. Our psychiatrists are experts at treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more!

You deserve the best care possible for your mental health.  And that starts with finding the right doctor for you.  With our personalized treatment plans tailored just for you, we make sure every patient gets the help they need. 

Book now and schedule a telepsychiatry appointment with one of our AuraMD top-rated online psychiatry doctors in Texas!

The Right Antidepressant can make the difference

Because every person is unique and can show symptoms of depression in a different way getting the best result requires matching each person to the right medication, then adjusting the treatment plan based on your response.  At AuraMD, we take the time to understand your specific struggles, identify commonly occurring issues such as anxiety to tailor your plan specifically for you.

We also offer genesight testing which can offer invaluable insight as to how your genetics can help us pick the ideal medication with the best outcomes for you, specifically.

Diagnosing Depression

While the symptoms above are commonly experienced by adults with depression, there are other symptoms, including other mental illnesses, that could be present. These include:

In some cases, depression can caused unexplained physical symptoms that your primary care doctor or specialist cannot find a reason for. Consulting with a psychiatrist from Aura MD will help you determine your specific depression symptoms as well as what treatment options are available to you and may be most effective in your individual case.

Causes of Depression

There are several causes of depression. A person may be diagnosed with clinical depression due to a number of problems. A mental health physician’s ability to understand the root cause of the problem is essential in the development of an effective treatment plan.

There are various things that can lead to the development or recurrence of depression in an individual below are listed some causes of depression.

Life Stressors

Family History

Underlying Health Conditions

It is possible that some people may become depressed because of an underlying health condition, which can be caused by untreated autoimmune or thyroid issues. In order to best remedy this problem, our team will take an in depth look at both your psychiatric history as well as medical issues to get you on the best treatment regimen to feeling your best faster. 

Biochemistry

Depression is most commonly due to an imbalance of  biochemistry, typically including Serotonin or Dopamine levels.  

Treatment Specialists for Depression

When you feel like there is no way out, don’t give up.

There are often times when people are feeling down because of depression and it can be hard to see a bright future ahead but with help from our staff we will work together collaboratively so that you find the best treatment options for your needs at Aura MD.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Depression

A “cure” for depression does not currently exist, however it is very possible to minimize symptoms with an appropriate treatment plan with the goal of reaching remission. As remission can vary widely from individual to induvial, overall, the goal is to reach a point where depression no longer affects your daily life, work, or relationships.

What happens in the brain during depression can sound somewhat complicated, but in the end, it can come down to a few factors. There is evidence showing that depression can sometimes be associated with how the brain functions and shows that someone experiencing depression may produce more cortisol, a specific hormone in the brain triggered by stress, at a higher rate than others. It has also been shown that depression is correlated with diminished amounts of neurotransmitters in the brain including serotonin and norepinephrine.

What actually causes depression can depend on the person as there can be many factors at play. It is possible that a chemical imbalance may be causing depression, but it is also possible for other aspects of life to impact mental health. Some of these can include genetics, stressful life events, medications, and health concerns

Depression can cause weight loss in some individuals as some symptoms of depression can include a change in appetite or cravings, and even losing interest in doing things or eating foods you normally enjoy. It is always important to monitor your weight and appetite if you feel you are losing weight, as it is never a goal during the treatment of depression.

The new treatments for depression include medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and many other medications including some like Wellbutrin, Viibryd, or Trintellix. These medications can be used in conjunction with therapy and other treatment modalities to determine the best care plan for everyone.

There is hope for treatment-resistant depression. There are many treatment options available that work for different individuals, it may just take time to reach the ideal regimen. Treatment-resistant depression may also be related to genetics, which is why genetic testing for treatment-resistant depression can be so helpful.

The brain is a very resilient organ and can easily repair itself after experiencing anxiety, stress, or depression. Although this process can take time, it is very much possible

There is no specific “cure” for depression, however, it is very possible to minimize symptoms with an appropriate treatment plan with the goal of reaching remission. As remission can vary widely from individual to induvial, overall, the goal is to reach a point where depression no longer affects your daily life, work, or relationships

There is no one main cause of depression, and it can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of these could possibly include grief, extreme stress, illness, anxiety, or illness. Oftentimes, multiple factors can combine to trigger depression.

Researches show that clinical depression can result in heart illness, make heart problem worse, as well as make it harder to recoup from issues of cardiovascular disease. Anxiety can also increase your danger of having a heart assault.

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