Psychiatrists in Silver Spring, MD
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Depression services offered in Silver Spring, MD

Depression is a mental health condition that may develop after a major loss or from what seems like there is no apparent cause. Ivan Walks, MD, at Integrated Health Resources in Silver Spring, Maryland, understands how depression can affect your life and wishes to help you find a solution to your symptoms. Dr. Walks works with you, providing the tools and support necessary to lift the depression and improve your well-being. To schedule a telemedicine consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.  

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and pessimism. The negative feelings brought on by depression also affect your motivation and concentration, interfering with your ability to go about your normal life.

Depression is common and may develop following a major loss or health condition. However, sometimes the mood disorder occurs from no known cause.

Though anyone can develop depression, genetics, environment, and brain chemistry may increase your risk of having the condition. It’s not uncommon for people to have recurring depression. 

Despite the hopelessness and helplessness you feel, you can get treatment for depression. Getting help early not only helps you feel better, but may prevent a return of your symptoms. 

Dr. Walks is an experienced psychiatrist at Integrated Health Resources who specializes in diagnosing and treating depression. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression is a complex disease that affects everyone differently. Though severity and type vary, common symptoms of depression include:

  • Low mood
  • Feeling empty
  • Lack of energy
  • Disruption in sleep
  • Change in appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty making decisions

If you or a loved one experience these symptoms, and find that they’re affecting your ability to manage your daily responsibilities, schedule a consultation with Dr. Walks at Integrated Health Resources for help.

What happens during a depression consultation?

Dr. Walks conducts a comprehensive assessment during your first visit with him at Integrated Health Resources. He reviews your symptoms, including type, severity, and how long you’ve had them. He asks about your daily routine and medical and mental health history and family history.

Dr. Walks may perform psychological testing to better understand how you think and feel. 

He uses the information he gathers during your consultation to determine your diagnosis, which helps direct your treatment plan.

What are the treatments for depression?

Dr. Walks takes a comprehensive and integrative approach to mental health, combining traditional psychiatric treatments with medical care to improve your depression. He works closely with you and your extended health care team, designing a plan that boosts your mood and fits your lifestyle.

Treatment for depression may include medication management, psychotherapy, or both. Dr. Walks also schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your mood and treatment and make changes as needed.

For help with your depression, call Integrated Health Resources or schedule an appointment online today.