Depression Specialist

Latif Ziyar, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Latif Ziyar, MD

Psychiatrist located in Fresno, CA

Major depressive disorder, commonly referred to as depression, is a serious mental health condition that extends far beyond normal feelings of sadness. Licensed psychiatrist Latif Ziyar, MD, treats patients with depression at his private practice in Fresno, California. If you think you may have depression, call or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a common mood disorder that involves persistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in enjoyable activities. Depression can cause devastating symptoms that affect the way you feel, think, and behave. This disorder makes it difficult to handle everyday activities, like eating, sleeping, and working. 

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

Depression causes many difficult symptoms. You may experience many symptoms, or only a few. Common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Irritability and angry outbursts
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Persistent sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, and remembering
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities, like hobbies and sex
  • Sleep disturbances, like insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss or increased food cravings and weight gain
  • Unexplained physical complaints, like headaches or back pain
  • Frequent, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

If you experience some of these symptoms most of the day for two weeks or more, you may have depression.

Who gets depression?

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Research suggests that a combination of biological, environmental, and psychological factors lead to depression.

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing depression, including:

  • Personal or family history of depression
  • Abuse of alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Traumatic or stressful events, like abuse
  • Certain illnesses, like cancer or chronic pain

Depression often develops in the teenage years through the 30s, but it can happen at any age. Dr. Ziyar treats depression in patients age 7 and older.   

How is depression treated?

Dr. Ziyar practices a biopsychosocial approach to treating depression. He carefully considers the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence your mental health

He works with you to establish a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Treatment for depression typically includes a combination of psychotherapy and medication. There are many effective antidepressants available.

If you have symptoms of depression that disrupt your daily life, call the office of Latif Ziyar, M.D., Inc., or book an appointment online today.