Depression:

 

How do you distinguish between feeling sad and a brain chemistry disorder? When your sadness affects your work productivity, your relationships, or your enjoyment of activities we need to talk. Many people avoid seeing doctors because it can be taboo to see a brain doctor. Many cultures feel it is shameful to admit you struggle with your emotions. Others suffer in silence because they are paralyzed by their depression. Even worse, some have reached out for help but had a bad experience with mental health workers, hospitalizations, or medications and they do not want to try them again. 

Dr. Halweg's approach is a friendly chat to discuss how your depression negatively impacts your life. Then, formulate a plan to work with your lifestyle. Some patients are suitable for nutriceuticals or brain supplements like: 

Rhodiola - I have  used this adaptogen in patients suffering from depression for increasing energy, stamina, strength and mental capacity. Our  metropolitan lifestyle exposes the body to all kinds of stress which can lead to depression. Rhodiola can help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress. For the right patients, typically, 1 to 2 tabs of 500 mg for 6 weeks improves symptoms related to their depression.

Our extensive referral base can connect you with a therapist to work on self destructive thoughts and behaviors contributing to your depression. The people you hang out with and the things you read are going to create the person you will be. Why not read the latest books grounded in the best science and research? Why not navigate complicated relationships with a therapist to sort out positive and negative influences in your life.

Finally, severe clinical depression can be addressed effectively through psychotropic medication. Medication for depression does NOT have to cause you to gain weight, be addictive, or decrease your sex drive. Medications for depression can improve your concentration, energy, motivation, zest for life, sleep, and mood. If you or a loved one suffers from depression, call or text us.

We accept new patients with HMSA PPO, HMO, & FEDERAL insurance. Call (808) 202-0669 to schedule.