The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat depression. Depression is a serious medical illness of the brain which afflicts more than 19 million Americans. Depression can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, environment, biological changes, and psychological factors such as trauma.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is characterized by chronic, persistent feelings of sadness, but can also include other symptoms, including:
- Loss of appetite
- Binge eating
- Hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive or irrational feelings of guilt
- Body aches and pains
There are many different depression diagnoses, and sometimes depression can be comorbid with other conditions, including anxiety disorders. Among the many types of depression include:
- Major depression
- Persistent depressive disorder
- Perinatal depression
- Postpartum depression
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Psychotic depression
- Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
Because depression can be debilitating for many, and can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, it’s important to have a thorough and complete evaluation by a licensed doctor, to determine a proper diagnosis and ensure effective treatment.
The doctors available on Heal are caring, compassionate and trained to evaluate depression respectfully and without judgement.
A doctor will perform a thorough, full physical exam, take a detailed medical history, and examine you in your home environment. By examining you in your home, your doctor will also be better able to determine how environmental, social, and lifestyle modifications can help improve your depressive symptoms and can craft a personalized treatment plan to help you set manageable goals for treating your depression.
If deemed necessary, your doctor may prescribe medications to manage your depression. At the doctor’s discretion, they may also draw blood and send it to the lab for further testing or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
If you’re experiencing depression and are unsure of how to get help, start by booking a doctor house call with Heal.
Please be advised that the doctors on Heal are unable to prescribe any medication that requires a triplicate prescription, including narcotics and anxiety medications.