You are not alone in your journey. It is okay to not be okay sometimes. You have the power to create a brighter future for yourself. You are deserving of love, kindness, and support.

Depression is a complex and multifaceted mental health condition that can profoundly impact every aspect of a person’s life. It goes beyond simply feeling sad or down; it often involves a deep and pervasive sense of emptiness, hopelessness, and despair. Individuals experiencing depression may struggle with overwhelming feelings of worthlessness and guilt, coupled with a loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed. It can affect sleep patterns, appetite, energy levels, and concentration, making even the simplest tasks feel overwhelming. Depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It is a medical illness that requires understanding, compassion, and appropriate treatment. With the right support, therapy, and sometimes medication, individuals can find their way out of the darkness and rediscover hope, meaning, and joy in life.


million people worldwide have depression. However, the true number is likely higher as many individuals with depression remain silent about their struggles.


million Americans went through at least one major depressive episode, marked by a continuous low or sad mood that lasts for at least two weeks.


of all people who have depression do not seek professional support due to the stigma of depression.

Every day feels like a battle against an invisible force. I feel suffocated. Despite being surrounded by people, I feel utterly alone. I can’t find the energy to do anything. I spend most days in my bed. I don’t want to face the outside world.


Am I Depressed?

Depression is a serious mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. If you find yourself experiencing these emotions consistently and they interfere with your daily life, it’s essential to seek help from a mental health professional for evaluation and support. Depression is a complex mental health condition influenced by a variety of factors.

What Causes Depression?

Recognizing the complex causes of depression is essential for developing personalized treatments that target the root issues of an individual’s condition. It involves offering compassionate, tailored care that respects each person’s unique experience with depression.

Depression is a complex mental health condition influenced by a variety of factors. While the exact causes can vary from person to person, it’s often a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.

Genetics: Those with family members who have had it may be more prone to experiencing it themselves.

Biological: Depression can be linked to imbalances in brain chemistry, especially with neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.

Environmental: Life events such as loss, abuse, or major life changes can trigger or exacerbate depression.

Psychological: Chronic stress, medical conditions, certain medications, and substance abuse can also contribute to its onset.

Depression looks different in everyone, and the symptoms can change from person to person. It’s important to remember that just because someone has a few symptoms, it doesn’t always mean they have depression. But, if these symptoms stick around for a long time and start getting in the way of everyday life, talking to a mental health expert for a check-up and support is a step towards a happier you.

Platinum Psychiatry offers tailored treatment plans addressing the symptoms of depression, utilizing a combination of therapy and medication management to alleviate distress and promote emotional well-being, ultimately guiding you toward a brighter and more fulfilling life.

Symptoms of Depression

Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness

Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things

Irritability, restlessness, or agitation

Changes in appetite or weight, either significant weight loss or gain

Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable

Fatigue or loss of energy, even with minimal exertion

Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt.

Physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, or other unexplained pains

Shortness of Breath

Fatigue or Loss of Energy

Nausea or Upset Stomach

Types Of Depression

Various forms of depression exist, each distinguished by its specific traits and symptoms. Among the prevalent types are:

Situational Depression

This type is triggered by a significant life event or series of events, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, or job loss. It’s a short-term, stress-related type of depression.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

This is the most common type of depression, sharacterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in most activities. It’s more severe than situational depression and can significantly impair daily functioning.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a type of depression that occurs at a specific time of year, usually during the winter months when there is less natural sunlight. It’s often linked to a disruption in the body’s internal clock.

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

Formerly known as dysthymia, this is a chronic form of depression where individuals experience depressive symptoms for two years or more, but they may be less severe than those of major depression.

Bipolar Disorder

Not strictly a form of depression, but includes periods of extremely low moods (depressive episodes) that alternate with periods of extremely high moods or mania.

Psychotic Depression

A severe form of depression where individuals also experience some form of psychosis, such as delusions or hallucinations, often with themes of depression like guilt or worthlessness.

Postpartum Depression

Occurs after childbirth and is more severe than the “baby blues.” Symptoms include extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that can interfere with a new mother’s ability to care for herself or her baby.

How Do You Treat Depression?

Medication Management

We specialize in the judicious use of antidepressant medications to address the symptoms of depression. Our experienced psychiatrists work closely with each patient to find the most effective medication, considering factors such as individual health profiles and potential side effects, to improve mood, energy levels, and overall quality of life.

Supportive Services

Understanding the multifaceted nature of depression, we also emphasize the importance of accessing supportive services. This may include referral to counseling or psychotherapy for those who might benefit from it, even though our primary focus is on medication management. We also guide patients towards local or online support groups, where shared experiences can provide additional layers of understanding and support.

Lifestyle Guidance

Lifestyle adjustments play a crucial role in managing depression. At Platinum Psychiatry, we provide guidance on incorporating physical activity, balanced nutrition, and adequate sleep into daily routines. Stress management techniques and mindfulness practices are also encouraged to complement medical treatment and enhance overall well-being.

Educational Resources

Educating patients and their families about depression is a vital component of our treatment approach. We offer resources that explain the symptoms, causes, and treatments of depression, empowering patients with the knowledge to better understand their condition and the recovery process.

Common Medications for Depression

Caring for your mental health is essential for your overall well-being, and navigating mental health medications requires careful consideration. At Platinum Psychiatry, our first step is to offer you a detailed evaluation with our qualified psychiatrists to understand your unique situation. Through this comprehensive assessment, we aim to accurately diagnose and understand your needs.

Once a diagnosis is made, we collaborate with you to choose the most suitable medication, tailored to your individual requirements. It’s important to remember that medication is just one aspect of a holistic treatment approach. Therapy and lifestyle changes are also vital components of your journey to recovery and improved well-being.

We closely monitor the effectiveness of your medication and any side effects, making adjustments as necessary to ensure optimal results. You’re not alone on this journey; seeking support from our team at Platinum Psychiatry is a positive step toward achieving greater health and happiness.


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) work by increasing levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that influences mood regulation. SSRIs are considered a first-line treatment due to their effectiveness and generally favorable side effect profile. They are typically started at a low dose that your doctor gradually increases.

Examples of SSRIs used to treat anxiety include:

Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

SNRIs function like SSRIs but also affect norepinephrine in addition to serotonin. Examples of SNRI medications are:

Atypical Antidepressants

Atypical antidepressants stand apart because they don’t belong to the usual categories of antidepressants. Similar to other antidepressants, their goal is to influence brain chemistry and the way nerve cells in the brain communicate, especially in areas that control mood. This action helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Some examples of these medications include:

Our Commitment to Your Well-Being

At our practice, we understand the profound impact depression can have on your life, and we’re here to offer compassionate support and evidence-based treatment to help you reclaim your joy and vitality.

Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your unique needs to address the root causes of your depression.

Whether you’re struggling with persistent sadness, low energy, or feelings of hopelessness, we’re here to empower you with the tools and support you need to overcome obstacles and embrace a brighter future.

Take the first step towards healing and rediscover the beauty of life with Platinum Psychiatry.


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Peoria, Arizona 853382


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