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Depression Specialist

Agdel Hernandez Colon, MD

Psychiatrist located in Hackensack, NJ

Clinical depression affects about 7% of all adults in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of them have such severe symptoms that they lose interest in life and avoid socializing with friends and family. Dr. Agdel Hernandez Colon understands that it’s difficult to reach out for professional help but encourages you to contact him so he can provide the medical and therapeutic intervention you need to recover from depression. To schedule an appointment, call his office in New York City’s Financial District, or book an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What causes depression?

An imbalance in brain chemicals, such as serotonin, is one of the primary causes of depression, but most experts agree that it’s triggered by several factors working together.

Your genes contribute to your chance of becoming depressed. If you have a family history of depression, you’re two to three times more likely to develop the disorder compared to adults who don’t have a history of depression.

Major challenges encountered throughout your lifetime also trigger depression. An illness, medications, sleep deficiency, and loss of a loved one are all examples of life events that can throw you into a depressed state.

Can depression cause health complications?

Depression increases your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. When it goes untreated, depression may destroy personal relationships and lead to substance abuse.

Chronic depression often causes people to take so much time away from work that they’re at risk of being fired. The ultimate toll of depression is that it leads to suicide.

When should you seek help for depression?

Everyone goes through periods when they feel down or blue. The fact that depression is such a common experience, however, makes it harder to know when your depression is serious enough to need professional help.

When your depression doesn’t go away, and it affects your ability to engage in normal daily life, it’s time to consider getting help. If you experience any of these symptoms longer than two weeks, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hernandez Colon:

  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Changes in sleep or eating habits (more or less)
  • Inability to concentrate or think
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide or a plan to commit suicide

How is depression treated?

Dr. Hernandez Colon offers customized and comprehensive treatment including medication and psychotherapy. Antidepressant medications help relieve your symptoms by restoring brain chemicals.

When medication is combined with talk therapy, most patients achieve long-lasting improvement in their depressive symptoms. Dr. Hernandez Colon provides several types of psychotherapy proven to help treat depression, so he works with you to choose the one that best fits your needs.

When you’re depressed, it’s hard to take that first step, but Dr. Hernandez Colon is here to help. Call his office or use online booking to schedule an appointment.