Depression Specialist

Montecristo Medical Group

Anita E. Gonzalez, MD

General Practitioner & Pediatrician located in Van Nuys, CA

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects more than 16 million Americans every year. Depression can cause you to lose your sense of enjoyment for everyday life, but it also increases your overall risk of death and your chances of developing chronic conditions like heart disease. Anita E. Gonzalez, MD, in Van Nuys, California, provides a variety of treatments for depression, including psychotherapy and medication, when necessary. To learn more, call Montecristo Medical Group or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment.

Depression Q & A

Why is depression a serious condition?

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects how you think, feel, and act. It’s characterized by unexplained, intense feelings of sadness for long periods of time as well as a loss of interest in people and activities that usually bring you joy. 

Along with feelings of sadness, if you’re depressed you may also experience:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Inability to care
  • Angry outbursts or irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

It’s important to understand that depression is a serious mental health disorder and you can’t just “snap out of it,” as some people might think. Patients with clinical depression need a professional to help them understand and work through their disorder.

What causes depression?

Depression can affect almost anyone, including people that seem to have everything they want in life. There’s no one cause of depression and it can be brought on by many factors, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Brain chemistry
  • Trauma
  • Illness
  • Abuse
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Personal problems

Your depression could be caused by one or a combination of factors, but in any case, you can treat it at Dr. Anita E. Gonzalez, MD.

How do you treat depression?

Dr. Gonzalez uses a combination of psychotherapy and medication to treat your depression. Each patient receives a customized treatment plan that accounts for your particular needs and everyday lifestyle.

Dr. Gonzalez uses psychotherapy to help you get to the root of your depression and regain your feelings of self-worth. Certain types of talk therapy have been shown to effectively help patients with depression change the way they think, which subsequently affects the way that they feel and act. With practice, you’ll learn to develop healthy thought processes that don’t contribute to the negative spiral that depression can cause.

Stress and anxiety are often closely linked to depression, either as a cause or symptom of the disorder. If these issues are a factor in your depression, Dr. Gonzalez can guide you through stress-reduction techniques like guided meditation, which studies have shown can change the way your brain responds to stress.

Dr. Gonzalez also prescribes antidepressants to help relieve your mood and symptoms. She may also suggest lifestyle changes like getting more exercise and journaling.

If you suffer from depression, get help at Dr. Anita E. Gonzalez, MD, by calling the office or using the online booking tool to make an appointment today.