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Depression Specialist

Sulcata Psychiatry

Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care located in Vintage Park, Houston, TX

Depression isn’t just feeling sad or having a down day; it’s a serious mental health condition that can take many forms. At Sulcata Psychiatry in Houston, Texas, Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, has extensive experience evaluating and managing symptoms of depression in children, adolescents, and adults ages 3-50. If you or a loved one is experiencing depression, call the office today or request an appointment online to find relief. Telemedicine visits are available.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Also known as major depressive disorder, depression is a common mood disorder that can severely disrupt the way you think, feel, and handle daily activities. Depression can cause a wide range of debilitating symptoms, including:

  • Physical and mental exhaustion
  • Changes to sleep habits and appetite
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, or hopelessness
  • Self-loathing or feeling worthless
  • Lost of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm

You may also experience irritability, crying spells over nothing in particular, or feeling like a zombie going through the motions of life.

You’re not alone if you’re feeling depressed. As one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States, depression is highly treatable. At Sulcata Psychiatry, Ms. Johnston provides personalized, compassionate care for depression. 

If you’re thinking about suicide or hurting yourself, call 911 or go to your local emergency center right away.

What are the types of depression?

Depression can take many different forms. Ms. Johnston at Sulcata Psychiatry treats the full scope of depressive disorders and conditions that involve depression, including:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder, which lasts for at least two years
  • Postpartum depression, which many women experience after giving birth
  • Bipolar disorders, which are separate conditions that may involve depressive episodes

Ms. Johnston also treats adjustment disorders, which cause an emotional or behavioral reaction to a life change or stressful event. While adults can experience adjustment disorders, they primarily affect children and teenagers.

Many people who have depression also experience other mental health conditions, such as anxiety.

How is depression different from grief?

Depression and grief cause many of the same feelings, and it’s common for people who are grieving a loss to describe themselves as being depressed. However, experiencing grief isn’t the same as having depression.

Grieving is a natural process that’s unique to each individual. Generally, grief causes painful feelings that come in waves, usually mixed in with positive memories. Depression, on the other hand, involves a low mood for most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks. 

Although grief and depression are different, they can co-exist. Experiencing the death of a loved one, loss of a job, a major disaster, or any type of assault can certainly lead to depression. Ms. Johnston helps you find the happiness and peace you deserve, regardless of your specific diagnosis.

How is depression diagnosed and treated?

Ms. Johnston takes the time to get to know you as a whole person and works with you as a partner in your mental health care plan. She performs a complete psychiatric evaluation, which may include cognitive testing to pinpoint your specific areas of difficulty.

Then, she creates a treatment plan that may include medication management, psychotherapy, bibliotherapy, and lifestyle changes regarding nutrition, exercise, yoga, and sleep habits. Ms. Johnston uses in-office Genomind® pharmacogenetic testing to determine the best medication prescription for you.

Don’t hesitate to seek help for depression. Call Sulcata Psychiatry today or request an appointment online.