Depression can significantly impact a person's life. We must understand that it is a real disease, not a flaw in someone's character or a sign of weakness. Gagandeep Singh, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who practices in Freehold and Monroe Township, New Jersey, and is vastly experienced in treating depression in children, adolescents, and adults. When you’re looking for a doctor who carefully dedicates his time to each person individually and doesn’t take a cookie-cutter approach to treating depression, call Dr. Singh’s office to schedule your appointment. You can even book your initial consultation online.



What are the symptoms of depression?

Clinical depression is more than being sad; it’s feeling sad to the point that it interferes with your daily functioning. Although sadness is a primary sign of depression, the condition creates a wide variety of symptoms. Some of the most common include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia and oversleeping
  • Low energy and feeling fatigued
  • Slowed movements and speech
  • Issues with focus and decision making
  • Changes in appetite, both not eating and overeating
  • Self-injury or self-harm

In some cases, you may experience physical signs of depression. These symptoms can include headaches, nausea, and body aches.

What causes depression?

Numerous factors can lead to depression. In most cases, a combination of genetics, brain chemistry, and life events play a role in the development of depression. The loss of a loved one, abuse, stress, and trauma can commonly trigger depression. In other cases, depression has no apparent outside cause but simply occurs.

Depression sometimes coincides with other mental health disorders. At times, depression or other mood disorders can coincide with alcohol or other substance abuse. Referred to as co-occurring or dual diagnosis, depression complicates the other condition, making diagnosis and treatment more difficult.

Due to cultural and other stigmas, too many people avoid treatment when depression symptoms arise. This can cause symptoms to worsen, and the patient may suffer further.





How do you treat depression?

Dr. Singh uses a variety of evidence-based methods to treat depression. All of these modalities share the same treatment goal — to make appropriate changes in your life that improve your condition.

To help you accomplish this goal, Dr. Singh schedules longer appointments than most psychiatrists. These long appointments give you time to build rapport and allow the doctor to gain a better understanding of you, as a patient. Dr. Singh's approach is not to rush a medication without understanding his patients' needs carefully.

After completing a comprehensive assessment, he may recommend multiple treatment options, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills
  • Other Psychotherapy

Dr. Singh carefully weighs, and may also suggest adding medication to your treatment plan.

What lifestyle changes improve depression?

During your appointment, Dr. Singh discusses things you can do at home to alleviate the symptoms of your depression. Learning to set reasonable goals and reducing obligations can improve depression, as does exercise and meditation.

Seeking support from family and friends reduces the risk of isolation and makes it easier to open up and discuss your condition. If you think you may have depression, don’t suffer in silence. Seek the help of Dr. Singh.

Call to schedule your appointment or book it online today.



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