Major Depressive Disorder Specialist

Kirsten Thompson, M.D. -  - Psychiatrist

Kirsten Thompson, M.D.

Psychiatrist located in Los Angeles, CA

Patients from throughout West Los Angeles who suffer from major depressive disorder will find effective and compassionate care with Kirsten Thompson, MD. Dr. Thompson sees patients at her practice located in Brentwood, California.

Major Depressive Disorder Q & A

by Kirsten Thompson, M.D.

What Is Major Depressive Disorder?

Major depressive disorder, also often referred to as depression, is a mental health condition caused by changes in the brain chemistry that affect the transmission of the chemicals and neurotransmitters used in emotional responses. It is characterized by feelings of extreme sadness, hopelessness, and apathy. There are a variety of factors that can influence a person’s likelihood of developing depression such as difficult circumstances, genetics, stress, changes in hormone levels, medical conditions, and grief. Many individuals can struggle with undiagnosed major depressive disorder for years, however, with effective care, many patients are able to achieve good mental and physical health and wellbeing.

What Are the Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder?

When a patient has depression, his or her emotions, thought patterns, and behavior are all affected. Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Angry Outbursts
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Sadness and hopelessness
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • No appetite
  • Sexual problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Thoughts of or attempts to harm self

How Is Depression Treated?

Following a thorough psychiatric assessment, Dr. Thompson will create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. She often uses a customized combination of treatments such as lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and medication management. During therapy sessions, Dr. Thompson helps her patients to find relief from symptoms that will enable them to return to normal day-to-day activity. Patients may also benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, where they learn to recognize destructive thought patterns and adjust their behaviors to healthier choices. Dr. Thompson may provide advice and support to encourage her patients to increase physical activity, improve sleeping and eating patterns, and reduce stress. She may also prescribe antidepressants depending on the needs of the individual patient. If you are suffering from symptoms of depression, make an appointment for an assessment today. With compassionate professional care, you can enjoy better mental and physical health and wellbeing.