Depression Specialist

Mountain View Psychiatry & TMS

Psychiatrists located in Mountain View, CA

If you’re overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, despair, or hopelessness, you may be living with depression, a widespread mental illness that affects over 16 million Americans. At Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS in Mountain View, California, Zahida Tayyib, MD, and her team of experienced mental health clinicians provide expert diagnosis and personalized treatment for depression. Don’t let depression interfere with your life anymore. Call Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS, or schedule a consultation online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a prevalent mood disorder that has a negative impact on your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Fortunately, with attentive, personalized care, you can recover from depression.

While depression causes a sad or low mood, it’s different than sadness or grief that everyone feels occasionally. Depression is a clinical illness caused by irregularities in your neurotransmitters and brain function in the regions of your brain that control your mood.

At Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS, Dr. Tayyib and her team are committed to helping you alleviate your symptoms and restore your health and quality of life.

What are the symptoms of depression?

In addition to causing feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and guilt, depression causes a range of symptoms that disrupt every part of your life:

  • Mood changes: Boredom, lost interest in previously enjoyed activities, and inability to feel pleasure
  • Cognitive changes: Poor concentration, indecisiveness, and slowed thoughts
  • Behavioral changes: Unexplained crying, irritability, isolation, and self-harm
  • Sleep: Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Body changes: Eating more or less than needed and unintended changes in weight

If you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate help.

What causes depression?

Depression is caused by abnormal brain and neurotransmitter function, although the reasons why some people experience depression and others don’t remains a mystery. Your risk of depression increases if you have:

  • A personal or family history of mental illness
  • A current or past issue with addiction
  • Been exposed to environmental factors such as neglect, poverty, or abuse
  • A generally pessimistic outlook on life
  • Low self-esteem

If you have depression symptoms that have lasted for more than two weeks, schedule an appointment for assessment and help.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Tayyib and her team provide highly personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plans for depression. They often combine medication or other therapies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or electroconvulsive therapy, with lifestyle adjustments and talk therapy.

Ideally, medication should regulate your brain chemistry and alleviate your symptoms so you can focus on resolving the underlying issues that contribute to your depression in individual or group therapy.

Dr. Tayyib and her team also recommend dietary adjustments and adding exercise and meditation to your daily habits. For example, you may benefit from practicing meditation or yoga to help you learn to be present in the moment.

Call Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS or make an appointment online today for expert treatment for depression.