Depression

Anthony G. Avitabile, DO -  - Family Medicine

RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC

Anthony G. Avitabile, DO

Family Medicine located in Chattanooga, TN

Depression leads to life-altering issues that drastically affect how you think, feel, act, and interact with others. Because depression lowers your quality of life, Dr. Anthony Avitabile at RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, provides personalized care in a compassionate setting. If you struggle with depression, don’t hesitate to book an appointment today. You can conveniently schedule through the website or over the phone.

Depression Q & A

Are there risk factors for depression?

Yes. As one of the most common mental disorders in the US, depression is often linked to a combination of inherited traits, biological issues, and environmental factors, to name a few. Your risk of depression is higher if you:

  • Have a family history of depression
  • Live with a chronic health issue, like cancer
  • Struggle with anxiety or mood disorders
  • Struggle with alcohol or substance abuse
  • Experience trauma or injury, such as a car accident
  • Go through a significant life change, including loss of a job 

Veterans and first responders regularly experience depression associated with going through or witnessing trauma. Depression affects each individual differently, but it's essential to understand that you aren’t alone. 

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

Depression can surface as mild-to-severe sadness that doesn't seem to go away after several days. But the signs and symptoms go so much further. It's important to come in to RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, for an evaluation if you're experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Decreased energy levels
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Irritability and fatigue
  • Weight changes
  • Body aches

You should also come into RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, if you’re having difficulty focusing or remembering important details. Depression can affect all aspects of your life, from your home to your professional life, so no matter how minor or how severe your depression symptoms may seem, Dr. Avitabile can help. 

Can I get treatment for depression?

Yes, Dr. Avitabile provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to get to the root of your depression. He may prescribe antidepressant, antipsychotic, or anti-anxiety medications based on your unique symptoms. He may also recommend:

  • Substance abuse treatment 
  • Counseling or psychotherapy
  • Weight loss management 
  • Regular exercise 

You can expect the dedicated care you need at RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC. Dr. Avitabile helps you design a depression treatment plan that will be effective for your unique needs. Find out more by booking an exam online or over the phone today.

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