Depression Specialist

Las Vegas Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Las Vegas, NV

Depression can seem like a heavy weight on your shoulders and you might be unsure how to remove that weight. At Las Vegas Family Medicine in Las Vegas, compassionate provider Rulon Owen, DO, offers individualized medical support and effective solutions to help you free yourself of that weight and the daily challenges depression often presents. Depression doesn’t have to dim your light and dull your thoughts. Dr. Owen works with you to reignite that spark of contentment, zest for life, and a general feeling of wellness. Call or click to schedule online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood condition that involves a consistent lingering feeling of sadness and a general loss of interest in many of the activities you used to enjoy. Depression might also be called clinical depression or major depressive disorder.

Depression isn’t just a passing phase of the blues. In many instances, depression is a mental health disorder necessitating long-term treatment.

What are the symptoms of depression?

If you have depression you might have difficulties with your day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Irritability, angry outbursts, and frustration over minor things
  • Impatience, agitation, and anxiety
  • A lack of motivation and chronic fatigue
  • A general loss of pleasure and interest in activities
  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness
  • Poor sleep quality and sleep disturbances
  • Slowed or impaired memory or cognitive functioning
  • Weight loss or gain, reduced appetite, or increased cravings
  • Suicide attempts and thoughts of death or suicide

Many people with depression might experience feelings of guilt or worthlessness and frequently focus on past failures and self-blame. Others have unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.

What causes depression?

The cause of depression isn’t always clear, but as with many mental health disorders, there are several factors at play, such as:

  • Inherited traits
  • Hormones
  • Certain changes in the brain and brain chemistry

Certain life events can start a depressive episode. Other risk factors for depression are chronic illness and chronic pain, low self-esteem, substance abuse, and a history of other mental health disorders.

What are the treatments for depression?

After an evaluation, Dr. Owen devises a personalized treatment plan. To treat your depression, Dr. Owen might recommend:

  • Counseling
  • Medications, such as anti-anxiety, antidepressants, and stimulants
  • Lifestyle changes, including frequent exercise, stress management, and a nutrient-dense healthy diet

A multifaceted approach with multiple treatments used in conjunction is often the best way to treat depression. In many cases, medications and lifestyle changes can have a profound positive impact on overall wellness.

Dr. Owen is here to help you every step of the way on your journey to combat depression and improve your general health and happiness. Call Las Vegas Family Medicine or conveniently schedule your personal consultation online today.