We all have our ups and downs throughout different stages of life. However, finding it difficult to get through one’s daily routine and losing interest in one’s favorite activities can indicate a mental health disorder.

As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Seif works with patients who struggle with depression and depressive tendencies. She has the knowledge and experience to help patients overcome the source of their unhappiness. Moreover, with a subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, she treats depression in adults as well as children.

Common Signs of Depression

Feelings of sadness at times are a common and completely normal part of human emotions. However, if these feelings are chronic and preventing one from functioning in their daily activities, it is time to speak with a specialist such as Dr. Seif.

Depression usually presents in patients through the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of sadness for a long duration
  • Change in appetite
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Difficulty concentrating on daily tasks
  • Constant fatigue
  • Inexplicable body aches and pains
  • Dark or suicidal thoughts
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Decrease in libido

What Causes Depression?

The causes of depression are divided into three categories:

1. Biological factors

Some patients with depression have a natural imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitter that makes them likely to develop depressive behaviors in their lifetime. Although this is not something these patients can control, there are treatment plans to help them cope with their depressive symptoms to their best ability.

2. Psychological factors

Individuals reach differently to life events. What one person can overcome might be a challenge for another, and this can affect whether or not they become depressed. Such severe events alter the way we perceive the world. In the event a patient has a generally negative view of the world, they are predisposed to developing depression in the light of a difficult situation.

3. Environmental factors

It goes without saying that a person’s environment plays a significant role in their mental state. Although someone might be mentally healthy, a very stressful life event can trigger depression in them such as:

  • The death of a loved one, a divorce, a breakup, or losing a job
  • Social isolation and seclusion
  • Relationship trouble, whether it be in family-related, friendships, or marital
  • A stressful work environment
  • A byproduct of physical health issues, usually when the patient has a chronic illness
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Depression Treatment Plan

When a patient steps into Dr. Seif’s clinic, she will take the time to evaluate their condition, lifestyle, and stressers. She will customize a treatment plan based on the patient’s individual needs to help them overcome their symptoms. Depression is hard, but with the right tools, guidance, and recommendations, it could be managed effectively.