Depression Specialist

Florida Compassionate Care Centers

Internal Medicine & Medical Marijuana Specialists located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

Depression is the most common mental health condition in the United States, affecting more than 17 million adults every year. The mood disorder alters how you feel and think and interferes with your daily life. At Florida Compassionate Care Centers, Gail van Diepen, DO, and the team understand the effects depression and anxiety have on your life and can talk to you about the use of medical marijuana for alleviating your symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Ormond Beach, Florida, or book online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes ongoing feelings of sadness and despair that may affect your ability to manage your daily responsibilities. The common mental health condition alters how you feel and think and affects your emotional and physical health. 

Though depression and anxiety often occur together, they’re not the same mental health condition. Anxiety is a disorder that causes persistent fear and worry that may interfere with your health, employment, and social interactions. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression symptoms vary and you don’t have to experience every symptom to be diagnosed with depression. Common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Ongoing feelings of sadness 
  • Feelings of emptiness, worthlessness, or guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Disinterest in usual activities
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Unexplained body aches and pains
  • Digestive issues

Your depression symptoms may cause problems at work or school, or affect your relationships. 

What can I expect during an evaluation for my depression?

The team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers has been providing primary care services for more than 20 years, and you can expect a comprehensive and empathetic evaluation when you come to the office seeking help for your depression or anxiety. 

During your evaluation, the team asks detailed questions about your symptoms and when they started. They also review your mental and medical health history, as well as your family history, and then perform a physical exam.

To rule out a medical cause for your depression or anxiety, the team may run lab tests. 

How is depression treated?

Florida Compassionate Care Centers is a primary care practice that specializes in medical marijuana care for the treatment of a wide array of health conditions, including depression and anxiety. The team recommends medical marijuana as a safe and effective way to alleviate your pain. 

Depression and anxiety are both qualifying medical conditions for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry in the state of Florida. After your diagnosis, the team enters your information into the registry, along with recommendations that the dispensary uses for product selection and purchase.  

In addition to medical marijuana, the team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers may also recommend psychotherapy to assist in your recovery.

To learn more about the use of medical marijuana for depression and anxiety, contact Florida Compassionate Care Centers by phone or online today.