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Our clinician, Cameron Grant DNP, is a Nurse Practitioner who operates under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Dustin Bernard D.O.
Constant sadness doesn’t have to be a part of your life. If you struggle with depression, mental health specialists at California Coast Family Practice in Atascadero, California, are here for you. Adult medicine provider Cameron Grant, DNP, FNP, MPH, MSN, and his expert staff can diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health challenges. Our clinician, Cameron Grant DNP, is a Nurse Practitioner who operates under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Dustin Bernard D.O. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.
Depression is a common mental health disorder that causes ongoing or extreme sadness. PTSD is a similar mental health disorder that occurs after experiencing a traumatic life event, such as an accident, physical or mental abuse, a natural disaster, or military combat.
Seeking treatment for depression, PTSD, or other mental health struggles can dramatically improve your quality of life.
Common symptoms you may experience if you are depressed include:
You might have situational depression because of a traumatic experience or depression that lingers long-term for no apparent reason.
If you struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, you could have frequent flashbacks or nightmares. You might startle easily and avoid certain situations that trigger PTSD.
Regardless of the cause of your depression, treatment offers you symptom relief.
The cause of depression isn’t always known, but some factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include a family history of depression, being overweight, drug or alcohol misuse, hormone imbalance, some medications, and traumatic life events.
A death in your family, divorce, job loss, chronic illnesses or diseases, or other difficult life situations can also contribute to depression.
To find out if you have depression and develop an effective treatment plan, the experts at California Coast Family Practice ask about your medical history and symptoms. They check your vital signs, complete a physical examination, and could order blood tests or other diagnostic tests if needed to assess your overall health and wellness.
During a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, your specialist asks you a series of questions about your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and lifestyle.
Common treatments for depression and PTSD include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other types of counseling teach you ways to better cope with depression, PTSD, anxiety, or other mental health challenges.
Adopting healthy habits reduces your risk of ongoing depression. Examples include eating nutritious foods, getting regular exercise, keeping stress levels low, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Taking medications can reduce depression symptoms and give you the best quality of life possible.
TMS uses magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in your brain and improve your mood.
To learn more about depression or get treated for it, call the California Coast Family Practice office or schedule an appointment online today.