Compass Mental Health & Wellness

Integrated Psychiatric and Family Medicine Practice & Psychiatric Mental Health Care located in Houston, TX

Around 7% of men and women in the United States have experienced a major depressive episode. If overwhelming feelings of hopelessness or sorrow interfere with your ability to function and enjoy life, you may suffer from depression. Luciana Thompson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Compass Mental Health & Wellness provides caring, holistic care for children, teens, and adults with depression. To schedule an evaluation, call the office in North Houston, Texas, or book online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Major depressive disorder, typically referred to simply as depression, is a common mental health condition that involves extreme, overwhelming, and persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or hopelessness. 

Negative emotions are a natural part of life, but they usually pass within a reasonable amount of time. When those feelings don’t go away and start to cause problems in your work or personal life, it can indicate the presence of major depressive disorder.

Depression sometimes lasts for weeks, months, and even years. It typically reduces your quality of life and can lead to physical health complications. Depression often has co-occurring mental health issues like ADHD, anxiety, and substance abuse.

What are the symptoms of depression?

The main symptoms of depression are intense, ongoing negative emotions. Other common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression is also linked with chronic pain and may cause back pain, headaches, and other types of pain that arise without an apparent cause. 

What causes depression?

Depression doesn’t have a single cause. Factors that can contribute to depression include:

  • Brain chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Chronic illnesses

A history of childhood or adult trauma, poverty, and other environmental factors also contribute to depression. It affects more women than men, but any adult, teenager, or child can experience depression.

How is depression treated?

The caring team at Compass Mental Health & Wellness uses customized treatment protocols to address depression in adults and children. In some cases, antidepressant medication helps, but it’s not always necessary. 

The team also uses natural remedies and counseling techniques to provide integrative solutions for patients with depression. Your comprehensive depression treatment plan may include:

  • Counseling
  • Medication management
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Sleep analysis

Working closely with your provider, you’ll learn to process your negative feelings in a healthy way so they no longer control you. Over time, you’ll develop strategies that allow you to live a full, productive life free from overwhelming feelings of sorrow or hopelessness.

If you suspect you or your child suffers from depression, call Compass Mental Health & Wellness to schedule a confidential evaluation or book online today.


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