Unipolar depression has a high prevalence, and it can be disabling. It is estimated that 12% of people will have major depression in their lifetime. The World Health Organization ranks unipolar major depression as the 11th greatest cause of disability and mortality in the world. In the United States, major depression ranks second among all diseases and injuries as a cause of disability, and persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) ranks 20th.

Someone with depression may have difficulty with sleep, change in appetite, changes in energy levels, find themselves crying, or having suicidal thoughts.

Does Dr. Ziegler treat depression?

Yes, Dr. Ziegler treats depression. The first line medication treatment for depression is a class of medications called SSRIs. This includes medications such as Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, and Paxil. Another class of medications is SNRIs, which includes Effexor, Cymbalta, Pristiq, Fetzima. Another class of antidepressants include TCAs, such as Elavil or Pamelor. Other common medications include Wellbutrin or Remeron. Additionally, there is a class of medications call MAOIs, and a number or medications that are used to supplement the antidepressants.