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Soujanya Marupuru, MD

Board Certified Family Physician located in Palm Springs, CA

In a given year, more than 7% of adults in the United States struggle with a major depressive episode. Whether you’re experiencing ongoing issues with depression, or are just starting to struggle with long bouts of sadness, you can receive the care you need at the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD, in Palm Springs, California. Find out more by booking an evaluation for depression online or by calling the clinic to speak with a team member directly.

Depression Q & A

What causes depression?

Feeling sad, overwhelmed, or uninterested in activities you used to enjoy is normal from time to time, especially if you’re dealing with added family or work stress.

But if these issues are starting to affect you daily and have an impact on your personal relationships, you may be experiencing depression. Some of the most common types and causes of depression are described below.

Persistent depressive disorder

Persistent depressive disorder, also known as dysthymia, is a form of chronic low-level depression that can stem from trauma, stress, or a family history of depression, to name a few. This type of depression is known for leading to continuous feelings of hopelessness and the blues.

Major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder can occur just one time and last for several weeks, or you can have recurring episodes that lead to irritability, emptiness, or anxiety. This type of depression may stem from inherited traits, hormonal imbalances, or changes in your brain chemistry.

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is the overwhelming sadness you may feel after giving birth. Nicknamed the “baby blues,” postpartum depression, which can last for several weeks, often stems from hormonal changes, stress from taking care of a new baby, and lack of sleep.

Seasonal depression

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder or “SAD,” leads to periods of sadness and lack of energy that occurs during the fall and winter months. It’s believed that the lack of sunlight and shorter days can lead to seasonal depression, especially if you stay indoors regularly.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder, often caused by loss, trauma, or brain chemistry imbalances, is known for causing very high periods of euphoria, followed by deep episodes of depression. You may experience days or weeks of excessive energy but then spiral into a sad and empty stage for no clear reason.

When should I see a doctor for depression?

Without proper treatment, depression can lead to a lower quality of life. It can even become life-threatening. You’re encouraged to come in to the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD, if you’re experiencing any of the following depression-related symptoms:

  • Decreased energy
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Changes in sleep — either too much or too little
  • Disinterest in hobbies, enjoyable activities, or sex
  • Periods of sadness that last more than a couple of weeks

Dr. Marupuru is a compassionate physician who collaborates with the rest of your medical team, including your mental health provider, to ensure you receive the comprehensive depression care you need.

What is the treatment for depression?

Treating depression takes time and dedication, but rest assured, you can get the care you need at the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD. You may benefit from:

  • Dietary and exercise counseling
  • Antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications
  • Weight loss management (if you’re experiencing weight gain)
  • Referrals for psychology or psychiatry for talk therapy (psychotherapy)

No matter which treatment is right for you, Dr. Marupuru cares for you every step of the way.

You can receive the compassionate care you need for depression at the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD. Book your evaluation today either online or over the phone.

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