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Avi Medical helps you with depression

The risk of developing depression is higher than you think. In fact, the probability of experiencing manifest depression once in a lifetime is 20 percent in the general population. And if you are related to someone affected even up to 30 percent. 

That The clinical picture is the second largest in this country after anomalies of the musculoskeletal system (such as Osteoporosis). Proportion of days of incapacity to work.

Fortunately, depression can be prevented throughearly diagnosisandtargeted therapy strong>usually easy to treat. Ourexperienced doctorsat Avi Medical will support you.

What is depression ?

Depression belongs to the group of affective (mood) diseases and can occur both once and recurrently (repeatedly). The strength of a repeated depression can vary enormously from episode to episode. This is how it can A mild dysthymia (mood) is followed by a strong wave. Depression not only occurs separately, but also as a accompanying illness of other mental disorders (such as schizophrenia or an eating disorder) or Somatic (such as Rheumatism) disorders.

Good to know: If depression swings into the opposite, i.e. becomes mania, the clinical picture turns into another affective anomaly: Bipolar disorder . 

When does it become a depression?

A depression is diagnosed based onthe following key symptoms, all of which must apply: 

  • Joylessness
  • Loss of interest and drive

Depending on severity of depression add:

  • difficulty concentrating
  • loss of self-esteem
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Fears of the future
  • Suicidality
  • Sleep disorders
  • Loss of appetite

The symptoms must be present for at least two weeks to diagnose depression. In addition, they must notbe due to a physical cause (such as vitamin deficiency) or psychotropic substances ( Medication, drugs, alcohol). 

What are the triggers of depression?

The development of depression requires the interaction of three factors. These are: 

  • biological factors, i.e. genetic abnormalities (hormonal imbalances such as a lack of serotonin or norepinephrine)
  • psychological factors (trauma, severe psychological stress)
  • social factors (childhood, environment, working conditions)

What are possible symptoms of depression?

In addition to the key symptoms already mentioned, the following symptoms are typical for Depression:

  • State of numbness
  • Inner unrest 
  • Delusional states such as delusions of guilt and impoverishment, nihilistic thoughts and hypochondria
  • Pseudodementia (reversible cognitive disorder)

Treating depression at Avi Medical

The first step in treating depression is rule out physical causes. Blood tests, among others, are used for this purpose. 

Can this factor trigger your Depression can be ruled out, depending on the severity and the patient's wishes:

  • referral to a psychotherapist
  • possibly supportive: prescription of antidepressants

 

For us at Avi Medical, this targeted therapy also includes regular re-evaluation and control of the prescribed antidepressants. The reason: If taken long-term, the preparations can cause organ abnormalities as a side effect. Regular blood tests, ECG and compatibility evaluations with other medications help to rule out the development of these.