Depression Specialist

Family Medical Center

Family Medicine & Lifestyle Medicine located in Ringgold, GA

More than 16 million American adults have depression and suffer from intense sadness that interferes with their quality of life. At Family Medical Center, Derek Heldzinger, MD, and his team offer a comprehensive, personalized approach to treating depression. You don’t need to live under the dark cloud of depression. Call Family Medical Center in Ringgold, Georgia, or request a consultation online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a prevalent mood disorder that causes feelings of intense sadness, worthlessness, and guilt. Other signs of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep routines
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced concentration
  • Indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Your depressed mood and negative thoughts and emotions can interfere with your ability to function at work or at home. It can also lead to unhealthy choices that might provide temporary relief, but actually, make your condition worse. 

Depression is different from grief or the temporary sadness that everyone experiences from time to time. Both grief and everyday sadness pass with time. Depression may be triggered by loss, but last much longer. The symptoms disrupt your quality of life and tend to get worse when left untreated. 

When should I talk to a doctor about depression?

If you’re plagued by intense sadness and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, you should make an appointment at Family Medical Center to talk about depression. Depression can last for months or years when left untreated, and can significantly affect your overall health. If you’re thinking about suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate help.

How is depression treated?

At Family Medical Center, Dr. Heldzinger and his team focus on identifying the root cause of your depression and offering customized treatments and therapies to restore your mental, emotional, and physical health. They follow the Neil Nedley™ community-based program for depression. 

The Nedley approach is a community-based program that reviews 10 categories that indicate depression and may be part of its root cause. The 10 categories include:

  • Genetic
  • Developmental
  • Lifestyle
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Addiction
  • Nutrition
  • Toxic
  • Social/complicated grief
  • Medical condition
  • Frontal lobe

After your assessment, the team combines cognitive behavioral therapy and lifestyle medicine to address the issues at the root cause of your depression. Depending on your needs, they might focus on nutrition, lifestyle therapies, or enhancing frontal lobe function during your inpatient boot camp or community-based program. In addition to applying interventions to address the root cause of your depression, the team also works with you to implement healthy lifestyle choices that enhance your overall health. 

Call Family Medical Center today or request an appointment online for personalized help if depression is interfering with your life.