About Depression

Depression is a serious mood disorder affecting your physical and emotional well-being. The team of board-certified psychiatrists at Serenity Mental Health Centers specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of depression. The practice takes an interventional approach to care, offering many treatment options so you get the best outcomes. They have locations in the Biltmore, Desert Ridge, and Chandler area of Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona; Lehi and Holladay, Utah; and Lakewood and Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado. Call the office or request an appointment online today. 

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition affecting how you feel, think, and behave. These symptoms may interfere with your daily responsibilities and routine, making it hard for you to go to work or school, interact with friends and family, or sleep. 

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Ongoing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and pessimism

  • Guilt and shame

  • Anxiety

  • Feeling worthless or helpless

  • Irritability

  • Sleeping more or less than usual

  • Eating more or less than usual

  • Fatigue

  • Lack of energy

  • Moving slower than normal

  • Aches and pains that have unknown physical causes

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is a mental health condition and not something you can get over or snap out of. 

What are the types of depression?

Many types of depression may occur under various circumstances, though they all cause similar symptoms.

Major depressive disorder 

Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, is common, causing feelings of sadness, withdrawal, and loss of interest in everyday activities.

Persistent depressive disorder

Persistent depressive disorder is a type of depression that causes a low mood that lasts two or more years. People with this type of depression can manage their day-to-day routine but with little joy or excitement. 

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD is a type of depression that affects people during the winter months when there’s less sunshine. 

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a type of depression that affects women after they give birth. It occurs from a combination of hormonal changes, stress, and fatigue. Postpartum depression may alter a new mom’s ability to take care of herself and her baby.

What are the treatments for depression?

The board-certified psychiatrists at Serenity Mental Health Centers offer many innovative treatments for depression. They tailor plans based on diagnosis, the severity of symptoms, mental health history, family history, and personal needs and goals. 

Traditional treatment for depression includes a combination of antidepressant medication and therapy. The team offers medication management to help you find the right prescription and dose to alleviate your depression symptoms while you undergo care. 

Serenity Mental Health Centers specializes in treatment-resistant depression, which is a type of depression that fails to improve with traditional antidepressant medication. 

For their patients with treatment-resistant depression, the team offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. This non-invasive treatment uses magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells and improve mood and symptoms. 

Serenity Mental Health Centers also offers ketamine infusions to provide immediate relief for those suffering from severe depression symptoms.

For a personalized approach to your depression, call Serenity Mental Health Centers or request an appointment online today. 

Let’s take the next step together. Schedule an appointment today and let’s work together to help you take back your life.

Serenity Mental Health Centers
Located in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado