Depression

Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Niles, IL

Everyone feels sad from time to time, but if your mood stays low for weeks or even months, an underlying health problem like depression may be to blame. At Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC in Niles, Illinois, internal medicine physician Dr. Zhadovich and family physician Alex Kostiv, MD, regularly diagnose and treat patients with depression. Don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help. Make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mood disorder characterized by intense, long-term feelings of sadness and loss of interest. 

Also known as major depressive disorder, depression affects how you think and feel. Left untreated, depression can lead to more serious health problems and interfere with your ability to work or participate in routine activities. 

Depression isn’t a weakness or character flaw. It’s a serious medical problem that has tangible, real-life consequences. Although depression typically requires long-term treatment, many people with depression benefit from medical intervention and go on to live happy, healthy lives. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

The symptoms of depression vary. Some people only experience one episode of depression, but it’s typically a life long problem. During depressive episodes, it’s common for patients to experience symptoms like:

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Trouble thinking
  • Restlessness

As depression gets worse, many people also experience a lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy including sex, sports, or hobbies. More serious cases of depression can also lead to suicidal thoughts or recurrent thoughts of death.

When should I visit a doctor about depression?

Day-to-day life is challenging and filled with obstacles. It’s perfectly normal to feel sad or upset every once in a while, but if your mood is consistently low, it's time to seek professional medical help. 

The team at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC knows that there is a stigma surrounding mental health issues, but rest assured, they provide quality, comprehensive care in a welcoming and entirely private environment.

If you’re still feeling nervous about seeking professional help, talk with a friend, family member, or trusted mentor and let them know what you’re going through. If you’re having suicidal thoughts or think you may hurt yourself, call 911 right away. 

How is depression diagnosed?

To determine if you have depression, your Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC provider performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing. 

Your doctor might also order a complete blood count (CBC) or thyroid panel to make sure an underlying health issue isn’t the source of your problem. After gathering all of this information, your provider can develop a treatment plan.  

How is depression treated?

Most people with depression benefit from a combination of prescription medications and psychotherapy. 

Depending on the nature of your symptoms, your provider might also recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep. 

The team has strong relationships with mental health professionals in the Niles area and can refer you for treatment if necessary. 

Has a case of the blues turned into a long-term problem? If so, depression may be to blame. Make an appointment at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.