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Depression Specialist

Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling

John Hsieh, M.D.

Psychiatrist located in River Oak, Houston, TX

Everyone feels sad or has a low mood occasionally. However, if you live with persistent sadness or hopelessness, you might be one of the 16.1 million Americans who have major depressive disorder. At Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling in Houston, Texas, John Hsieh, MD, diagnoses depression and offers a comprehensive treatment plan to help you recover and cope with your negative thoughts and feelings. Depression is treatable. Call Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling or schedule a consultation online today for help.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a prevalent mental health condition that interferes with how you think, feel, and act. It causes intense and persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness that cause behavioral changes, disrupting your ability to cope with your daily life. 

Depression often stems from chemical imbalances in your brain, although your life experiences contribute to your risk of the condition. For example, if you experienced poverty, neglect, or abuse, you are more likely to develop depression. 

Medical issues such as chronic pain, thyroid problems, or autoimmune conditions can also cause depression. 

*Psychiatric diagnoses such as major depressive disorder (DSM V, ICD-10) provides a helpful description of various conditions. It is useful for communication. However, a psychiatric diagnosis does not explain the causes of the condition and treatment should not be driven by the diagnosis alone.

What are the warning signs of depression?

Unlike the normal sadness or grief that everyone experiences during their lives, depression causes persistent symptoms that cause long-term disruption to your life. 

Your symptoms could include:

  • Pervasive feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Increased irritability and frustration
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed hobbies and activities
  • Reduced concentration and memory
  • Problems making decisions
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

If you are thinking about or planning suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate help.

When should I talk to a psychiatrist about depression?

As mentioned, everyone feels sad occasionally or experiences grief sometimes. However, if your negative emotions or thoughts persist for more than a couple of weeks or interfere with your life, relationships, or performance at work or school, it’s time to get help.

Dr. Hsieh provides a thorough evaluation of your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health to identify the possible causes of depression, including physical diseases. He also assesses your lifestyle for unhealthy patterns or responses to depression. 

How is depression treated?

Dr. Hsieh provides comprehensive, personalized treatment plans for depression. Depending on your needs, he might combine medication, counseling, and lifestyle changes. If he identifies a physical issue that affects your mood, he provides treatment accordingly. 

Biblical counseling is based on the premise that suffering is a part of human existence, but with guidance from God’s Word, belief in Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, you can experience profound change and growth. Instead of searching within for answers, Dr. Hsieh helps you turn to God for the support and wisdom to help you lead a healthy life. 

Depression is treatable. Call Cornerstone Psychiatry and Counseling today or make an appointment online today.