Depression Specialist

Intrepid Mental Wellness, PLLC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners located in Denver, CO

Depression affects men and women of all ages, which is why understanding signs and symptoms and asking for help early on are so important. If you’re struggling with depression, caring mental health practitioner Chelsey Lahr, PMHNP-BC, of Intrepid Mental Wellness can help. By offering in-person visits at her welcoming Englewood, Colorado practice, as well as flexible telemedicine sessions, you have plenty of options for getting the care you need. Book your initial evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling the office.

Depression Q & A

Why do I have depression?

It isn’t always known what causes depression, although medical experts do notice some trends. Your depression could stem from:

  • A family history of mental illness
  • Imbalance in neurotransmitters
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Traumatic or stressful events

Depression can even develop if you have a chronic condition, such as cancer, heart disease, or fibromyalgia. Plus, in some cases, your prescription medications, including high blood pressure pills, can increase your risk of depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that leads to a persistent feeling of sadness, loneliness, or emptiness. It’s also common to lose interest in the things you enjoy and participate in on a daily basis, which can ultimately affect your work and family life. You might have depression if you:

  • Have angry outbursts or are easily irritated
  • Sleep too much or have insomnia
  • Experience anxiety, agitation, or restlessness
  • Find it difficult to concentrate or focus
  • Notice unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Experience suicidal thoughts or feelings

Depression is also often linked to fatigue and widespread body aches or headaches. In severe cases, depression can cause suicidal thoughts, which is why you shouldn’t wait another day to get treatment.

How is depression treated?

Chelsey screens for medical conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms of depression and can order lab tests as needed. Once she better understands your specific diagnosis, your depression treatment can include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Atypical or tricyclic antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety or stimulant medications
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Lab testing for nutritional deficiencies and genetic variations
  • Based on lab results, natural supplements can be used to treat the underlying cause of depression symptoms

Because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for depression, Chelsey stays in touch with you to see how you’re progressing. Each patient responds differently to medications, so she might need to make changes to your dosage or even change your medication throughout your treatment plan. Rest assured, Chelsey works diligently to ensure you’re getting the care you need to improve your mental wellness.

Don’t allow your depression to hinder your day-to-day life. Asking for help and booking an appointment at Intrepid Mental Wellness is the first step to overcoming depression. Schedule either online or over the phone.