Depression Specialist

J. Wesley Earley, MD, MBA -  - Direct Primary Care

Cornerstone Family Medicine

J. Wesley Earley, MD, MBA

Direct Primary Care located in Washington, NC

Depression can have a damaging effect on your work performance, personal relationships, and your ability to enjoy your life. However, depression is highly treatable, and you can recover and regain your ability to experience joy and pleasure. Family care physician J. Wesley Earley, MD, and the caring team at Cornerstone Family Medicine offer personalized care that can end your feelings of sorrow or hopelessness. To schedule a confidential consultation, call the office in Washington, North Carolina to request an appointment today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

While it’s normal to feel down now and then or to experience sorrow after a loss, depression is a mood disorder that doesn’t resolve after a reasonable amount of time. Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, involves ongoing and overwhelming feelings of sorrow or hopelessness. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness. You may lose interest or find it impossible to take pleasure in activities you previously enjoyed. 

Depression often occurs in episodes, during which you may also experience:

  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Thoughts of self-harm

Depression can cause physical symptoms like headaches and chronic pain. Over time, depression can harm your overall health.

What causes depression?

It’s not clear exactly why some people are more likely to develop depression than others. A variety of factors may contribute to the condition, such as:

  • Brain chemistry
  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetics
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Family conflict
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Chronic illnesses

More women are diagnosed with depression than men, but men are also less likely to seek treatment for symptoms of depression.

How can a doctor address depression?

When you see Dr. Earley for depression, he begins by performing a comprehensive physical exam. This may include blood work and other diagnostic tests to rule out any health conditions that could contribute to depression symptoms. He also reviews your medical history and discusses the details of your symptoms with you.

Once Dr. Earley determines that you have depression, he designs a custom treatment plan to help you cope with your negative emotions and other symptoms. Your personalized care plan may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Stress-reduction techniques
  • Antidepressant medications

If you’re experiencing another mood disorder, such as anxiety, along with depression, Dr. Earley may also recommend anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs to help fully resolve your symptoms. 

You might feel like you can’t get out from under your feelings of depression, but the truth is that, with treatment, you can find relief from your symptoms and restore your ability to enjoy life. If you’re suffering from depression, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Cornerstone Family Medicine. To schedule a confidential consultation, call the office to request an appointment today.