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Behavior Health & Mental Health located in St. Petersburg, FL

Depression services offered in St. Petersburg, FL

Depression is a serious but highly treatable mental health disorder. At A1 Medical & Behavioral Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, Angela Harvey, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to managing depression. She focuses on finding the root cause of your low mood and uses modern and alternative therapies to help you feel more like you. For empathetic care from a skilled mental health practitioner, call or schedule your in-office or telemedicine appointment online today.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness. It’s a common and serious mental health condition that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Some people develop depression when going through a crisis or an illness. However, depression can occur without any known trigger. Researchers theorize genetic and environmental factors may put certain individuals at greater risk of having depression.

Depression also co-occurs with other mental health conditions like substance use disorder and anxiety disorders.

What are symptoms of depression?

Depression affects everyone differently and symptoms range from mild to severe. Common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • General low mood and lack of energy
  • Disinterest in activities
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, and ashamed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Changes in eating habits 

Depression symptoms affect your ability to function, making it hard to get out of bed, take a shower, or go to work or school. You don’t have to experience every symptom to have depression, but they must occur daily for two or more weeks for a diagnosis.

When should I seek help for depression?

You should seek help for depression if you’re feeling sad and it’s affecting how you live your life. The sooner you get help, the sooner you’ll feel better.

A1 Medical & Behavioral Health is a full-service behavioral and mental health practice that treats all types of mental health conditions. Mrs. Harvey takes a holistic approach to care, helping heal your body, mind, and spirit. 

She uses innovative testing tools to identify the root cause of your mood disorder. She also asks detailed questions about your symptoms, daily routine, and home life, as well as your medical and mental health history. 

What are some treatments for depression?

Mrs. Harvey customizes your depression treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and your goals. She takes an integrative approach and your plan may include a combination of  psychotherapy, medication management, and alternative therapies. 

For patients who need antidepressants to relieve symptoms, Mrs. Harvey uses GeneSight® DNA testing so patients get on the most effective medication from the start. 

Depression affects your daily life, but you can feel better and achieve clarity with treatment. Call A1 Medical & Behavioral Health or schedule your depression consultation online today.