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Depression services offered in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Florida and Broward County, Sunrise, FL

Feelings of hopelessness and a lack of motivation shouldn’t be your default state. If you think you might have depression, John Murdock, PMHNP, DNP, at JM Psychiatry Inc, can evaluate and treat you. Depression is a common health condition and one that can negatively impact your life. That’s why getting help for your depression is so important. If you’re interested in booking your evaluation, call the office in Sunrise, Florida, or use the convenient online booking tool today.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression, also called major depressive disorder, is a common condition affecting your thoughts and behaviors. You might struggle to maintain relationships or keep up at work or school when you’re depressed. 

Despite the overwhelming symptoms and complications, depression is highly treatable, and you shouldn’t keep your struggles to yourself. 

How can I tell if I have depression?

Depression comes with many signs and symptoms that present differently for everyone. If you don’t currently have a depression diagnosis but think you might have it, some common signs and symptoms are:

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Loss of interest and energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Appetite changes
  • Slowed speech or movements
  • Less productivity at school or work
  • Thoughts of suicide

While most people think of sadness when they think of depression, not everyone with depression actually feels sad. Instead, you might struggle to feel your usual moods, including happiness, sadness, excitement, or even fear. 

If you have several symptoms typical of depression that last for two weeks or longer, you should book an evaluation with Dr. Murdock to discuss your mental health and find a way to manage it. 


Am I at risk for depression?

There are many factors at play regarding depression, and it often doesn’t come from just one source. You might be at risk of depression because of these factors:


Personality traits

Your personality is complex and unique. If you have low self-esteem or have a pessimistic view of the world, you’re at a greater-than-average risk of getting depression.



Your biochemistry includes your brain chemicals, which can contribute to depression if they’re out of balance. 



You’re at greater-than-average risk for depression if you have family members with it because of your genetics.


External factors

External factors like stressful life events, poverty, and abuse can contribute to depression.


How is depression treated?

Many people with depression will have it for the rest of their lives. However, with an effective treatment plan designed around your individual needs, you can learn to manage your depression and improve your quality of life. 

After an in-depth evaluation regarding your mental health and the factors contributing to your depression, Dr. Murdock may treat your depression with:



Antidepressant medications are highly effective in altering your brain chemistry to treat depression. They’re especially effective when combined with consistent psychotherapy. 



Psychotherapy involves talking with a professional about your depression. Dr. Murdock might recommend specific strategies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you learn to change your thought patterns. 



Self-care is different for everyone. To help reduce your depressive symptoms, Dr. Murdock might suggest adding a reasonable amount of exercise to your routine, cutting back on smoking or drinking, or adjusting your sleep schedule. 


If you’re ready to regain control of your life and overcome depression, don’t hesitate to call JM Psychiatry Inc. You can also book an appointment online today.