Depression Diagnosis and Treatment

Depression alters the way you feel, think and act during your daily activities at home and at work. It may hinder your ability to eat, sleep, work, study or relate with others. Going through the day becomes tough and even overwhelming.

When depression sets in, there’s a constant expectation that a sudden mishap or problem will arise. It may also be marked by a feeling of emptiness, lifelessness and apathy. However, you can get your depression treated before it becomes more serious. No matter how helpless or hopeless you feel now, with the right treatment you can still get better.

At Advanced Psychiatry Associates, we provide comprehensive treatment for depression and other mental health issues. If you live in California, you can visit our mental health facility for a full evaluation of your condition. When you understand the cause of your depression and you recognize the signs, you’re on your way to feeling better and overcoming the problem.

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Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment for Depression

The most effective way to overcome depression and manage your mood is to consult a mental health professional. Even before you decide to make lifestyle changes and do other smart things to manage your moods, you should make an appointment to see a specialist and get a detailed psychiatric diagnosis for depression.

At Advanced Psychiatric Associates, we offer you a thorough checkup at our facility. Our diagnosis includes thorough examinations and tests carried out at our on-site lab as well as a thorough mental health evaluation. Depression will only stop when underlying health issues are diagnosed and treated. In some cases, depression results as a side effect of medication or another medical condition.Doctor Treatment Man for Depression

Some medications and medical conditions may cause signs of depression such as fatigue, sadness, and hopelessness. During diagnosis, we’ll ask you several questions about your symptoms and your health history. You’ll need to complete a questionnaire to provide more information about your condition. We will conduct medical tests to be sure that your depression isn’t the result of poor nutrition, hormone levels, drug reactions or substance abuse.

Most Common Symptoms of Depression

Depression presents differently from one person to another but there are common signs. Although it’s true that some of these symptoms are part of normal life, if they persist, you may have depression. Symptoms include:

  • Abnormal sleep. Having difficulty sleeping (insomnia), waking up long before dawn or sleeping excessively
  • Impulsivity or restlessness. Feeling restless or making impulsive decisions frequently
  • Persistent anger. Agitation, lashing out and violent behavior
  • Feelings of hopelessness. Having a feeling that things will not get improve and you can’t do anything to make the situation better
  • Lack of energy. Feeling weak, sluggish and worn out. You find it difficult to move your body and carrying out little tasks could leave you exhausted
  • Reckless behavior. Excessive gambling, substance abuse or other high-risk activities
  • Poor concentration. Getting distracted easily or inexplainable memory loss
  • Increased aches and pains. Having pains in different parts of the body like the head, stomach, back, and limbs

What Are the Treatment Options for Clinical Depression?

There are two main treatment options for clinical depression: medication and therapy. Therapy is the use of psychology and personal interaction to bring about a change in the patient’s behavior. Medication can help correct chemical imbalances that may cause or contribute to severe depressive feelings.

Using medicine and therapy together yields a higher rate of improvement than when they’re used alone, especially in cases of chronic depression.


A wide range of antidepressant medications is available for treating depression. Often, a patient will try multiple medications before finding one that works, but patience is necessary. The effectiveness of antidepressants also depends on the improvement of sleep and appetite, which can heavily influence well-being.


Therapy and counseling can help you develop resiliency which can lead to a better view of yourself. Since depression is marked by self-imposed negative views, you can learn to develop more positive thought patterns through therapy. Therapy also helps reduce signs of depression by improving your relationships with others.

Professional Help for Depression and Mental Health

If you’re looking for where to get depression treatment or help in Northern or Southern CA, you need to visit Advanced Psychiatry Associates. We’re a one-stop mental health facility that provides therapy, testing, diagnosis, and treatment on-site for a wide range of mental health conditions.

We have multiple individualized treatment centers for teenage depression starting from 14 years of age. We also make it easy for you to pay for treatment by accepting major insurance providers, including HMOs, Medicare and workers’ compensation plans. We also accept cash.

To learn more about treatment for depression and addiction or any other mental health issue, complete our contact form or use the live chat feature. We’ll help you find a treatment plan, starting today.

“I’ve been going here over a year now. I’ve always been treated professionally. Everyone is so nice. My clinicians are courteous and caring. Everyone I’ve dealt with has treated me respectfully while I’ve been learning to deal with my diagnoses. Highly recommend this office!”

- KIM K.