Depression Specialist

Psychiatric Wellness Center

Psychiatrists located in Bakersfield, CA

Depression is a serious disorder that can affect a patient’s life for many years if left untreated. At Psychiatric Wellness Center, patients have access to diagnosis and effective treatment options from experienced psychiatrists. Patients in Bakersfield, California, can make an appointment for depression treatment by contacting Psychiatric Wellness Center.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a patient to feel sad and empty without cause. For most people, depression is more than just feeling sad for a short period of time. This disorder continues to cause problems despite the patient’s efforts to feel better, and it can have a significant impact on their life.

What causes depression?

Researchers don’t know the exact cause of depression. However, studies have shown that it may be connected to several different issues, including physical changes in the brain, changes in brain chemistry, hormonal imbalances, and genetics.

Depression is more common among women than men. Although it can develop at any age, this illness is more likely to appear in teens, as well as those in their 20s or 30s. Patients who have been through trauma, have a family history of depression, or have other mental disorders may also be at a higher risk of depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

The symptoms of depression can vary and may change over time. However, some of the most common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Pervasive feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Angry outbursts and irritability
  • Unexplained physical problems
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Trouble concentrating

How is depression diagnosed?

The doctors at Psychiatric Wellness Center diagnose depression based on the patient’s symptoms. After encountering a patient who seems depressed, the doctor will begin by asking questions about symptoms. The doctor will also conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the patient. Patients are diagnosed with depression if they meet the criteria described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

How do the doctors at Psychiatric Wellness Center treat depression?

Patients who struggle with depression often benefit from taking medication. Many different medications for depression exist, and every patient will respond differently. In some cases, patients may need to try several medications at different dosages to find the right treatment.

Patients with depression may also benefit from psychotherapy, counseling, and joining a support group. In cases where depression is severe, temporary hospitalization is sometimes necessary.

When medications and therapy do not seem to be enough, TMS treatment may be for you. It’s a noninvasive procedure that stimulates the nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. Learn more by visiting the TMS Treatment page.

Insurance Information

At Psychiatric Wellness Center, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. At Psychiatric Wellness Center we are currently accepting Medicare insurances. At Psychiatric Wellness Center, we are currently accepting private insurances or self-pay. Please contact one of our offices (661-323-6410 or 661-431-1555) if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Adventist Health
Aetna PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Anthem Blue Cross PPO
Beacon Health Strategies
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield MHSA
Blue Shield of California PPO
CHAMPVA
Cigna
ComPsych
GEHA PPO
Great West Health Care
Kaiser Permanente PPO
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