Depression Specialist

Stephen M. Herman, MD

Internal Medicine located in Savannah, GA

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world today, with over 300 million sufferers worldwide. If you’re struggling with depression, you can take control of your health by getting diagnosis and treatment from an expert like Savannah, Georgia, physician Stephen M. Herman, MD. Use the online appointment maker or call Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC today to take the first step towards feeling better.

Depression Q & A

What causes depression?

There are many possible causes of depression, and in fact, there's rarely one single cause. Sometimes, family history contributes — if your immediate relatives suffer from depression, your odds of also having it increase.

Depression may begin after a traumatic event, a painful loss, or for no discernible reason. Every case is unique, so it's important to be evaluated by a skilled physician with psychiatric experience like Dr. Herman. If you're ready to put in the effort, you can manage your depression effectively with Dr. Herman's help.

What are the signs of depression?

Although every depression sufferer has a unique situation, certain behaviors tend to occur when you're depressed. These things can include:

  • Lack of interest in family or social activities
  • Preferring to spend time alone
  • Sleeping pattern changes
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Decreased energy
  • Persistent thoughts of death
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Poor choices

If you recognize these symptoms in yourself, or in someone you love, it's important to acknowledge the problem by having a depression evaluation with Dr. Herman as soon as possible. Dr. Herman has special training in psychiatry and is skilled in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating depression effectively.

Am I at risk for depression?

Although anyone, from children to geriatrics, can suffer from depression, certain groups are at risk. Factors that may put you at risk for depression are:

  • Being female
  • Having poor self-esteem
  • Having a history of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, or other)
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Financial difficulties
  • Chronic health problems
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender
  • Being a new parent
  • Aging

Being in one or more of these groups doesn't automatically mean you'll suffer from depression, but it does mean that you need to be especially watchful for the signs that you're depressed and respond quickly if you notice them.

How is depression treated?

Dr. Herman treats depression on a case-by-case basis, after carefully considering your unique needs. From support with lifestyle changes to daily medication like antidepressant drugs, Dr. Herman can support and guide you into a happier and healthier place.

Schedule your depression consultation at Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC using the online appointment tool or by phone now.