Depression Specialist

Dr. Michael Billauer & Dr. Marci Reiss

Chiropractors & Weight Loss Physicians located in Marina Del Rey, CA

Nearly 7% of American adults experience a major depressive episode every year. If you or someone you love is living with depression, contact Michael Billauer, DC, and Marci Reiss, DSW, LCSW, at the Los Angeles Wellness Institute (LAWI) in Marina Del Rey, California. The doctors know that everyone has a unique experience with depression and that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment and care. Call LAWI or make an appointment online for personalized, patient-focused treatment for depression today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a prevalent mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy. Depression impacts how you feel, think, and behave, and can lead to many emotional and physical challenges. With significant depression, sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living.

Depression often begins in your teens, 20s or 30s, but it can happen at any age. More women are diagnosed with depression than men, but this may be due in part because women are more likely to seek treatment.

Depression may require long-term treatment, but most people improve with medication, therapy, or both.

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

  • There are many symptoms of depression that vary from individual to individual. They include:
  • Feelings of overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness
  • Tearfulness
  • Angry outbursts
  • Irritability or frustration
  • Loss of pleasure in normal activities
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • General fatigue
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unexplained pain including back pain or headaches

Often these symptoms are severe enough to cause difficulties in daily activities.

In older adults, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Symptoms such as memory difficulties or personality changes, physical aches or pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, and sleep problems are often ignored as signs of aging.

Depressive symptoms in children and teens may sometimes look the same as in adults. However, symptoms in children may also include irritability, clinginess, worry, aches and pains, and refusal to go to school.

Teenagers often display symptoms such as anger, poor performance or attendance at school, or feeling misunderstood or extremely sensitive. Teenagers may also self-harm, turn to recreational drugs or alcohol, and avoid social interaction.

How is depression treated?

There's no single approach to depression treatment. However, at the Los Angeles Wellness Institute (LAWI), the doctors believe in multidisciplinary therapy and wellness strategies for the best results.

After a comprehensive consultation and assessment, the doctors create a personalized treatment plan to help you recover and get back to your regular activities.

While every treatment plan is unique to the individual patient, the doctors also provide advice and support to improve your overall health. For example, you may benefit from chiropractic care to relieve physical pain, or may benefit from exercise or dietary changes to support improvements in your mood and functioning.

If you’re concerned about depression, call LAWI or book a consultation online. They offer free assessments and treatment recommendations — schedule yours today.