Depression Specialist

Dwight A. Owens, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Peachstate Psychiatric Services

Dwight A. Owens, MD

Psychiatrist located in Atlanta, GA

When depression persists and you find yourself with a hopeless outlook on life or disinterested in activities you used to enjoy, it becomes a challenge that needs professional help. Dr. Dwight A. Owens at Peachstate Psychiatric Services can offer the medical and therapeutic intervention you need to overcome your depression. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Atlanta or book an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

When should you seek help for depression?

Since depression is such a common problem that comes and goes throughout your life, it’s easy to think that you only have the blues and will pull out of it on your own. When your depression is deeper than the blues, however, it becomes a problem that’s not easily conquered on your own.

So when do you need to seek help? When your depression doesn’t go away and becomes severe enough to affect your ability to work, join in social activities, or enjoy time with your family, it’s time to consider getting professional support to help you recover.

If you have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, it’s a sign you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Owens:

  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Eating or sleeping more or less often than usual
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

What causes depression?

No one has narrowed down a single specific cause; rather, medical professionals agree that depression likely arises from several factors working together, such as:

  • Imbalanced brain chemicals
  • Stressful life events
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Physical health problems
  • Medications
  • Family history of depression
  • History of anxiety or ADHD

Major life events that often trigger depression include losing your job, a divorce, or death of a friend or family member. Emotional abuse during your childhood may also cause depression in your adult years.

What complications develop due to depression?

Depression increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease. It can ruin your personal relationship and lead to substance abuse. Many patients take too much time away from work when they’re depressed, putting their livelihood at risk.

Ultimately, severe depression can become life-threatening, as it is a risk factor for suicide.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Owens may prescribe antidepressant medications to relieve your symptoms and restore the balance of brain chemicals.

Antidepressants are usually combined with psychotherapy to achieve longer-lasting improvements. Cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and problem-solving therapy are just three therapies proven to treat depression.

The team at Peachstate Psychiatric Services can also assess and treat the physical effect of your depression with their onsite lab.

Call Peachstate Psychiatric Services or book an appointment online to get the support you need.