More than 16 million American adults have depression. If you’re one of them, contact Yana Bekker, DO, a board-certified psychiatrist who offers a holistic approach to mental health at My Best Self, LLC in Park Slope Brooklyn, New York, Midtown Manhattan, New York and Allen, TX. Dr. Bekker offers treatments to reduce your depression symptoms and address the underlying issues, hormonal imbalances, and vitamin deficiencies that contribute to your condition. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health illness that negatively impacts your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Depression is often due to a chemical imbalance in your brain. If your mood-regulating neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, are either at insufficient levels or not working effectively with their receptors, you may develop depression.

Factors that contribute to depression include:

  • Your hormones
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • A family history of depression or other mental health issues
  • A personal history of poverty, neglect, or abuse
  • Addiction
  • Chronic or severe illness such as cancer, pain disorders, or heart disease

Your risk of developing depression is also affected by your personality. If you have low self-esteem or are generally pessimistic, it’s more likely that you’ll develop depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

In addition to causing a depressed or sad mood, depression also causes such symptoms as:

  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt
  • Changes in your sleep habits, including too much or too little sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lost interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Fatigue
  • Increased purposeless activity such as pacing or wringing your hands
  • Poor concentration and indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for help.

How is depression treated?

At My Best Self, LLC, Dr. Bekker begins treatment with a comprehensive assessment of your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. After your initial evaluation, she works with you to implement a comprehensive treatment plan to address your symptoms while resolving the underlying issues and conditions that contribute to your depression. Treatment often involves several modalities, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

Medication regulates your brain chemistry, providing mental clarity that allows you to explore your emotions and thought processes and learn techniques to cope with them in therapy. At the same time, Dr. Bekker may suggest dietary adjustments to address vitamin deficiencies or other issues that contribute to your depression. She can also provide medication and treatment to resolve physical health issues or hormonal imbalances.

If you live with depression, call My Best Self, LLC or schedule a consultation online today.

Insurance Accepted

Dr. Yana Bekker is an in-network psychiatrist with the following commercial insurance plans: