When should I seek help for depression?

By Edo Paz, MD
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December 17, 2020

It’s important to note if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, we recommended you call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Depression can be the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, or it can be situational, meaning the result of a traumatic or difficult life event. If your depression symptoms are causing significant impairment in your relationships and affecting your daily life, or, if your current attempts to cope have deemed unsuccessful, we recommend you speak with a Primary Care Physician or a trained mental health professional (K has both).

Doctors in the K Health app can help assess what treatment options are best for you. Situational depression symptoms can mirror other kinds of depression, causing you to feel sad, anxious, or disinterested in normal activities. If these symptoms interfere with your everyday functioning, a doctor might diagnose you with situational depression and recommend medication, therapy, or lifestyle changes to help you cope.

Learn more about K Health’s anxiety and depression treatment program and start a free assessment today.

K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Edo Paz, MD

Edo Paz is the VP of Medical at K Health. Dr. Paz has two degrees in chemistry from Harvard and earned his medical degree from Columbia University. He did his medical training in internal medicine and cardiology at New York-Presbyterian. In addition to his work at K Health, Dr. Paz is a cardiologist at White Plains Hospital, part of the Montefiore Health System.