Depression Specialist

Matthew J. Markey, M.D., P.A.

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine located in Cumming, GA

While it’s normal to feel sad or overwhelmed on occasion, lasting feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts may indicate clinical depression. Matthew J. Markey, MD, PA, provides depression evaluations and treatment at his Cumming, Georgia, internal medicine practice. Antidepressant therapy and referrals to mental health specialists are available to alleviate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Don’t ignore feelings of depression — call or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects the way you feel, think, and act. You may experience chronic, overwhelming feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in your usual activities.

In many cases, depressive episodes can negatively impact your ability to function on the job or in your personal life.

What are the symptoms of depression?

In addition to chronic feelings of sadness and a general loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, you may:

  • Feel persistent fatigue
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Feel guilty or worthless
  • Have thoughts of suicide
  • Have difficulty concentrating or staying focused

While it’s normal to feel sad and overwhelmed at times, depression symptoms that last two weeks or more may indicate a major depressive disorder. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately.

What causes depression?

Depression can affect anyone of any age, regardless of your lifestyle or background; however, there are several factors, including a family history of mental illness, that may increase your risk of developing depression.

People under extreme stress due to health issues or family dysfunction may be at increased risk for depression. Imbalances in certain brain chemicals may also contribute.

How is depression diagnosed?

Dr. Markey has extensive training in diagnosing and treating depression. Initially, he discusses your symptoms and the impact depression is having on your life. Based on your family and medical history, Dr. Markey may order blood work and other testing to rule out underlying medical issues, such as thyroid dysfunction, that may be causing your symptoms.

What treatments are available for depression?

While depression symptoms can feel overwhelming, the condition is treatable. Dr. Markey creates a treatment plan to address your needs and help alleviate your symptoms.

In some cases, Dr. Markey may prescribe medication to adjust your brain chemistry and reduce the severity of your symptoms. In addition to medicine, Dr. Markey may refer you to a psychotherapist to help you cope with depression and change your behavior and thinking patterns.

You don’t have to cope with depression alone. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Markey using the online booking feature or by calling the office directly.