Depression is an often misunderstood condition that an estimated 350 million people suffer from worldwide. It is much different than normal mood fluctuations and emotional responses that people have on a day-to-day basis in that a feeling of sadness of varying intensity can last for long periods of time. People affected by depression can suffer greatly on an emotional level, making it difficult to function at work, at school or within social circles. Depression can be so extreme that it can lead to suicide. Fortunately, depression can be treated, but it takes time and it’s important to remember that every individual is different, which means their treatment needs to be personalized to their needs.
Types of Depression
There are a number of different types of depression, some of which are caused by big life events and some that are simply caused by chemical changes in the brain. The following are a few of the more common forms of depression:
- Major depression – Around 7 percent of American adults suffer from major depression. An official diagnosis requires that your symptoms last at least two weeks.
- Dysthymia – Around 2 percent of Americans suffer from dysthymia. It’s not as severe as major depression – people with the condition suffer from a long duration of having a low mood but are still able to function.
- Postpartum depression – Around 16 percent of women suffer from postpartum depression after giving birth.
- Seasonal affective disorder – This form of depression sets in during the cold days of winter and affects between 4 and 6 percent of Americans.
- Bipolar disorder – People with this condition suffer from extreme fluctuations that go from extreme depression to extreme joy. Around 2 to 3 percent of the population suffers from bipolar disorder.
Symptoms of Depression
Symptoms vary from person to person and depend on the form of depression they are suffering from as well. However, some of the common symptoms of depression include the following:
- Weight loss
- Weight gain
- Loss of interest in day-to-day activities
- Inability to sleep
- Feeling sleepy throughout the day
- Lacking energy
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Suicidal thoughts
About Dr. Robert S. Enelow
As a member of the faculty of Georgetown University, he continues to mentor medical students. He has a special interest in vaccines, conducting research in numerous vaccination protocols, including influenza, avian flu, plague and anthrax. He has also conducted clinical research in hypertension, high cholesterol and the prevention of heart disease.
- Georgetown University Medical School Teacher of the Year, D.C. General Hospital – 1992
- Washingtonian Magazine, Top Doctor, Internal Medicine – 2012, 2014, 2015
The first thing you should do is learn about what is causing your depression symptoms in order to figure out what type of treatment is required. Keep in mind that because everyone is different, it can take some time to find a treatment that works for you. There are medications available to treat depression, but these are meant to relieve the symptoms and aren’t meant for long-term use. Treatments such as therapy and exercise along with social support are what will be most effective for your depression.
Why Choose Dr. Enelow?
Dr. Enelow focuses on building relationships with his patients by establishing a foundation of trust and communication. A strong doctor patient relationship is essential to treating depression since every patient requires different and personalized treatment. Be sure to find out more about having your depression treated by scheduling an introductory conversation with Dr. Enelow today.
What to Expect from Dr. Enelow
- Contacting Dr. Enelow – Call Dr. Enelow at 202-728-9630 or email Dr. Enelow to schedule an appointment.
- Appointment – As one of the top Washington, DC internists, Dr. Enelow will meet with you to discuss and diagnose your medical needs. You’ll never feel rushed or unimportant, and Dr. Enelow takes great pride in providing every single patient the highest-quality of care possible.
- Payment – Dr. Enelow does not charge an annual retainer fee and does not accept insurance. The first comprehensive visit is approximately $800 – $1,100, depending on your visit and medical needs. Most 30-minute visits are $250 – $400.
- Filing Insurance Claims – Our office files all of your claims to your insurance company for reimbursement.
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