About Depression

September 21, 2020

Major depression is a serious medical illness that affects approximately 16.1 million Americans.8 Depression can cause ongoing sadness that changes how a person thinks, feels, and acts every day. While medication can help manage symptoms for many people, it is estimated that approximately 4 million patients do not benefit from taking standard antidepressant medication.8

Depression Facts:

  • Women are more likely than men to suffer from depression
  • Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide
  • Depression has no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries
  • Researchers estimate that by the year 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disease burden—impact on length and health of lives—worldwide

What causes depression?

While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.

While antidepressant drugs work for many people, some still do not receive adequate treatment.8 For these patients, the effects of depression can still be debilitating. These patients need a proven, safe depression treatment option.

Published On: January 22nd, 2021 / Categories: Depression / Tags: , , /
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Dr. Gonzalez-Rodriquez earned her medical degree via Fifth Pathway Certification from New York Medical College, in Valhalla, NY. After training at New York Medical College, she completed a Family Medicine Internship at University of Connecticut and afterwards went on to complete Psychiatry Residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA where she served as Chief Resident at the VA Medical Center in Seattle, WA during her last year in training. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She believes it is particularly important to take time getting to know her patients in order to learn how best to help them. She believes each patient responds best to an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to the individualized needs that includes but not limited to medications management, counseling, therapy as well as non-pharmacological treatments, such as TMS. She is committed to providing evidence-based-data treatment options for multiple psychiatric diagnoses including mood disorders as well as substance use disorders.

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