Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Chapel Hill, NC

About 322 million people worldwide live with depression. With care from the expert team at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, you don’t have to go it alone. Compassionate care, including testing, psychotherapy, and medication management, can help you feel better sooner than trying to manage depression symptoms on your own. Find relief and support today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

It’s normal to experience sadness and low mood sometimes. When sadness becomes constant or prevents you from doing your normal activities, it is time to seek treatment at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Common signs of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness and negativity
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Changes in your sleep cycle
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts or feelings of suicide

Depression can vary in severity from clinical depression — also called major depressive disorder — to include other symptoms and negative feelings. Some subtypes of depression include persistent depressive disorder, postpartum depression, psychotic depression, and seasonal affective disorder.

What Causes Depression?

Current research suggests that depression is linked to genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Changes in life circumstances, including losing a job or a death in the family, can trigger depression. A family history of depression is also a risk factor for developing depression yourself.

When depression coincides with other health issues — including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease — both conditions can worsen. Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill offers thorough co-management of depression with your other health care providers so you have the best support possible.

How is Depression Treated?

If you’ve been experiencing depression symptoms for more than two weeks, it may be time to get a clear diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The team offers both psychotherapy and medication management to reduce the intensity of depression symptoms and help you recover.

Depending on your personal preferences and symptoms, the team may recommend a combination of therapy and medication or you may begin with psychotherapy alone. The team helps you to work through your feelings and break down the stigma associated with mental health issues so you can get the help you need and feel confident in your choice to seek help.

If the team recommends medication for treatment of depression, they offer genetic testing to determine which types of medication work best for your brain chemistry. Instead of lengthy trial-and-error with a variety of medications, they can pinpoint the prescriptions and dosages that will work best for you. Should you no longer need medication, the team helps you to wean off of your medication safely without side effects.

Get compassionate care for your depression from Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Use the online booking tool or call the office now to set up your visit.