Depression Specialist

Thomas C. Apostle, DO -  - Physical Medicine

Thomas C. Apostle, DO

Specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, & specializing in Psychiatry. Located in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Westlake, CA

More than 16 million Americans have depression. If you have depression and want to find compassionate, personalized treatments, make an appointment with Thomas C. Apostle, DO, at one of his offices in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Westlake Village, California. Dr. Apostle offers expert diagnosis and treatment for depression to restore your health and quality of life. Call to schedule a consultation today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mental health disorder that causes a pervasive depressed mood and feelings of sadness and despair that interfere with your ability to function in your day-to-day life. 

Unlike sadness or grief that everyone experiences from time-to-time, depression, clinically referred to as major depressive disorder, can last for weeks, months, or even years. Your feelings don’t subside with time but often grow more severe and disruptive.

Your brain chemistry contributes to your condition, but you may or may not have an identifiable trigger. For example, you might develop depression after experiencing loss, or your symptoms could emerge out of the blue.

What are common depression symptoms?

Depression causes a variety of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms that can severely disrupt your health and quality of life. Some of the common warning signs of depression include:

  • Depressed, empty, or low mood
  • Feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Lost interest in activities
  • Social withdrawal
  • Fatigue 
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Changes in appetite
  • Irritability
  • Reduced frustration tolerance
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches, stomach aches, body aches

You might also have thoughts about death or suicide. If you’re thinking about suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate assistance.

When should I talk to a doctor about depression?

You should call Dr. Apostle if you have depression symptoms that last for more than two weeks or if you feel like they’re interfering with your life. 

Depression symptoms often get worse when left untreated. You can also develop additional conditions like anxiety and substance use with depression.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Apostle begins with a thorough consultation. After reviewing your medical history, you discuss your symptoms and lifestyle. Dr. Apostle might also run tests for physical conditions that can cause similar symptoms. 

When Dr. Apostle completes your diagnosis, he creates a customized treatment plan. While depression treatment usually includes a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications, the details are specific to your needs.

Antidepressant medication can regulate your brain chemistry and relieve your symptoms. Some patients need several weeks or months to feel the full effects of medication. Stay patient and talk to Dr. Apostle about your experiences, and if needed, he can change your prescription along the way.

In addition to medication, you have therapy to explore and resolve your negative thoughts and feelings. He tailors counseling to address your specific needs and might combine various techniques to help you.

Dr. Apostle might also recommend dietary adjustments, additional exercise, and stress reduction techniques to optimize your overall health and well-being.

Call Dr. Apostle today to make an appointment if you’re concerned about depression.