Summit Mental Health Clinic

Adult and Child Psychiatrist located in Austin, TX

Depression affects nearly 20 million people in the United States every year, including children and teens. This serious mood disorder affects how you think, feel, and behave. When you’re depressed, you may feel as though nothing can help you feel better. However, Francisca Ifesinachukwu, MD – affectionately known as Dr. Ada – and the team at Summit Mental Health Clinic in Austin, Texas, understand how you feel. They take an individualized approach to manage depression and offer many innovative therapies to help you feel more like your usual self. Call the office or request an appointment online today to get the help you need.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes ongoing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair. Your depression may affect your emotional and physical health and make it difficult for you to manage your daily responsibilities. 

Though depression is more commonly diagnosed in adults, it also affects children and teens. Summit Mental Health Clinic provides compassionate care for all ages, including children and teens struggling with depression.

What are depression symptoms?

Though it’s not unusual to feel sad from time to time, with depression, your symptoms occur every day and last two or more weeks.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Pessimism
  • Feeling empty inside
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Change in appetite
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Disinterest in participation in usual hobbies and other activities
  • Headaches or muscle pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Thoughts of suicide

If you or someone you love are experiencing these symptoms, the team at Summit Mental Health Clinic can help. 

What can I expect during a consultation for my depression?

You can expect a comprehensive and compassionate exam when you come in for a depression consultation at Summit Mental Health Clinic. 

The team takes a patient-centered and holistic approach to care so they can provide the well-rounded treatment you need to alleviate your symptoms. During your consultation, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical and mental health history, and family history.

Your provider may also conduct various tests to assess your mental and emotional health. They also perform genetic testing to help identify the best psychiatric medication to support your treatment plan. 

How is depression treated?

Summit Mental Health Clinic creates individualized treatment plans for depression, providing care that meets all needs. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Psychiatric medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Lifestyle modifications

For patients suffering from major depressive disorder, Summit Mental Health Clinic offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the nerves in your brain that affect your mood.

Summit Mental Health Clinic also provides esketamine for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression. 

Depression is a common but serious mental health condition that often benefits from psychiatric intervention. To schedule a consultation with the experts at Summit Mental Health Clinic, call the office or request an appointment through the online booking tool.