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Depression specialist in Temple, TX

Researchers estimate that more than 8% of American adults have depression. If you regularly feel hopeless or despondent, you should seek treatment. Licensed clinical social worker Vincent Hochstatter, LCSW, has years of experience diagnosing and treating depression in people of all ages. Call the office of Vincent Hochstatter in Corpus Christi, Texas, or book online today to schedule a virtual appointment for yourself or your child.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a behavioral disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Everyone feels down every once in a while, but if your symptoms persist for months or even years, it’s vital you ask for help. There’s no cure for depression, but various treatments can reduce uncomfortable symptoms and improve your outlook.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, or emptiness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide
  • Reduced appetite or unexplained weight loss

As depression worsens, you might also experience physical symptoms, like back pain, joint pain, or headaches.

When should I see a social worker about depression?

Make an appointment with Vincent if you feel depressed and your symptoms don’t improve with at-home treatments like rest, regular exercise, and eating a balanced diet. That’s especially true if your feelings affect your mood, outlook, or ability to go to work or school.  

Who is at risk of experiencing depression?

Several factors may increase your risk of depression, including:

  • Abusing alcohol or other drugs
  • Having low self-esteem
  • Having family members with a history of depression
  • Taking certain prescription medications

You’re also more likely to experience depression if you have a chronic health problem, like heart disease or diabetes.

How is depression diagnosed?

Vincent diagnoses depression virtually using telehealth appointments.

Vincent reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if they’re worse at certain times or during certain activities. As part of a psychiatric evaluation, he questions you about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and has you fill out a questionnaire.

After gathering that information, Vincent compares notes with criteria for depression in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Once Vincent makes a diagnosis, he develops a custom treatment plan.

How is depression treated?

Vincent treats depression using a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and psychological counseling. Healthy lifestyle changes and counseling can help keep your emotions and check and teach you coping skills. Medications can reduce uncomfortable symptoms and help you stay on track.

Depending on your age and medical history, Vincent might prescribe:

  • Selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Atypical antidepressants
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

Finding a medication (or combination of medications) that aligns with your needs may take some trial and error.

To receive treatment for depression, schedule a telehealth appointment at the practice of Vincent Hochstatter, LCSW, by calling or booking online today.

Vincent Hochstatter, LCSW