Depression Specialist

Alexandria Aesthetics

Aesthetic Specialist & Internal Medicine located in Alexandria, VA

One in 12 adults in the United States report being depressed; if this statistic includes you, you don’t have to suffer through it. At her office at Alexandria Adult Primary Care in Alexandria, Virginia, internal medicine physician Dr. Kantha Stoll treats depressions to improve your quality of life. If you experience constant sadness and other symptoms of depression, call her office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes feelings of intense sadness that don’t go away. Depression affects how you behave, think, and feel. In some cases, it can even be the precursor to suicide. Depression is much more common in women than men, but men die by suicide more frequently than women.

Depression is a serious disorder, which is why seeking help from a medical professional is so important. It may require a long-term commitment, but many people who are treated for depression feel better and resume normal, healthy lives.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Constant sadness that doesn’t go away is the main symptoms of depression. Call Dr. Stoll if you experience any of the following:

  • Feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, or worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities that you once found pleasurable
  • Angry outbursts and irritability
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Unplanned weight loss or weight gain
  • Chronic fatigue, backaches, headaches, or digestive problems
  • Bouts of crying
  • Slowed thinking or having a hard time concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or attempting suicide

You have a higher risk for depression if you have a family history of depression or other mental health disorders, experience a major life change (such as a death in the family or another traumatic event), or have a serious chronic medical condition. Having a hypothyroidism diagnosis also increases your risk.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Stoll is here for you when you have ongoing sadness that you just can’t shake. She may ask you a series of questions or have you complete a questionnaire to help diagnose you with depression.

Dr. Stoll also performs a physical examination, asks questions about your health, and may order blood tests to determine if depression is related to an underlying medical problem.

She’ll work with you to come up with a treatment plan for depression that best matches your needs. This may include:

  • Taking certain medications
  • Psychotherapy (talking with a mental health professional)
  • Social support groups

When you’re ready to take action and begin feeling the happiness you deserve, call Alexandria Adult Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.