Depression Specialist

Laurie Thomas, MD -  - Family Physician

Laurie Thomas, MD

Family Physician located in TUCSON, AZ

When you have depression, it sucks all the light and color out of your world, leaving you in a bleak, gray place of despair. If you’ve been feeling down and can’t seem to do anything about it, Laurie Thomas, MD, of Tucson, Arizona, can help. Dr. Thomas has considerable experience in assisting people in their recovery from the misery of depression, and she provides a compassionate, confidential service where the patient always comes first. Find out more by calling Dr. Thomas today or book an appointment online.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition in which your mood is low most or all of the time, making you feel miserable, hopeless, and despairing.

While it’s perfectly normal to feel down and sad sometimes, especially when you’re coping with difficult problems in your life, these feelings should improve with time. Or you may have days where you feel blue about nothing in particular, which is also normal.

When you have depression, these negative feelings overwhelm you, and it becomes impossible to lift your mood. Depression isn’t an illness that you can diagnose with a blood test or imaging study, and each person’s experience of depression is unique to them. However, there are symptoms that cover the spectrum of depression.  

What are the symptoms of depression?

Possible symptoms for depression, include:

  • Constant low mood
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling worthless
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Weight loss or gain

Depression also robs you of the pleasures you usually feel in your life; your hobbies and interests lose their appeal. If depression gets severe enough, you might start thinking about self-harm and suicide.

If you have five symptoms or more, and they affect you every day for more than a couple of weeks, that fulfills the criteria for a diagnosis of depression.

What causes depression?

The exact cause of depression isn’t clear. Imbalances in your brain chemistry can be responsible for the symptoms of depression, but these imbalances are often brought on by stressful life events, such as:

  • Bereavement
  • Abuse
  • Divorce
  • Moving house
  • Chronic pain
  • Other health problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Social isolation

You’re more likely to get depression if other family members experience it, so there’s probably a genetic link too.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Thomas provides a range of effective treatment options for depression. The therapies that work for you might vary depending on the severity of your depression, what’s causing it, and other factors, such as age, family relationships, and personal preferences.

Talking therapies are vital in combating depression. If your condition is mild, counseling may be all you need, but for many people, medication also plays a significant role. Antidepressant medications help to rebalance brain chemicals like serotonin and norepinephrine that influence depression and can be helpful for many patients.

Lifestyle changes can also play an important role in recovery from depression. Dr. Thomas can help you lead a healthier life with diet counseling and support to quit bad habits.

If you’ve been feeling very low and nothing’s helping, see Dr. Thomas as soon as you can. She can start you on a treatment program that will help you regain your health and happiness. Call Dr. Thomas today, or book an appointment online.