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Depression Specialist

Fulshear Medical Associates -  - Internal Medicine

Fulshear Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Psychiatry located in Houston, TX

More than 264 million people around the world experience depression, according to the World Health Organization. At Fulshear Medical Associates in Houston, Texas, Syed Abrar, MD, uses a multi-modality approach to treat depression and provides the most comprehensive depression treatment possible. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a visit online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a potentially serious medical condition that affects the way you feel, think, and act. 


While it typically causes bouts of sadness and loss of interest, depression manifests itself differently from person to person. It can impact your ability to work, socialize, and even complete daily tasks.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression can cause a variety of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms, including:


  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Fatigue
  • Sleeping too much
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Feelings of worthlessness


If you have depression, you may also experience a sudden loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.

What causes depression?

There is no single cause of depression, but the most common risk factors include:

Hormonal changes

A hormone imbalance can significantly change the way you look, feel, and behave. Many people experience depression during sudden periods of hormonal change, such as pregnancy or menopause.

Biochemistry

Changes in the neurotransmitters in your brain can affect your mood and ability to overcome bouts of depression.

Genetics

You’re more prone to depression if one of your close relatives also has it.

Environmental factors

Neglect, abuse, poverty, and violence all raise your risk of depression. These environmental factors can lower your self-esteem and overall sense of self-worth.

What are the treatments for depression?

Many depression treatment plans include a combination of medication and therapy to help you manage negative thoughts and behaviors while alleviating symptoms that are holding you back from a more fulfilling quality of life.


Certain herbs, vitamins, and supplements can also help improve your mood and ability to concentrate by targeting vitamin and mineral deficiencies.


Acupuncture, a form of holistic medicine that involves inserting thin needles into predetermined pressure points, also helps relieve stress and pain that can contribute to feelings of depression.


Depression can last anywhere from a few weeks to several years. It’s important to choose a medical team you can trust to treat your symptoms while also eliminating the underlying cause of your condition. 


To schedule an appointment at Fulshear Medical Associates, call the office or book a visit online today.