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Depression Specialist

Ben Kermani, MD

Primary Care Doctor located in Las Vegas, NV and Summerlin, NV

Major depressive disorder symptoms are the leading cause of disability for adults aged 15 to 43 in the United States. Depression symptoms manifests themselves in many different ways. As an example , the chief complaint in patients who are diagnosed with depression is “doc, I am tired” . Dr Kermani, located in Las Vegas and Summerlin, uses supportive behavioral modification therapies that minimize the use of antidepressants and other meds. He also makes referrals for intensive psychiatric treatment, when necessary. If you or someone you love feels depressed or anxious, call Dr. Kermani’s caring staff.

Depression Q&A

What is depression?

Depression is more than temporary sadness or a loss of interest in activities that usually give you joy. Depression is a mood disorder that affects every aspect of your life, impairs your thinking, and prevents you from carrying out regular daily activities and responsibilities. Not all depressions are equal.  Some are endogenous (genetic) and some are exogenous (circumstantial). 

You may have suffered a single episode of depression related to a traumatic life event, such as the loss of a job or death of a loved one. However, if you‘ve had multiple episodes, you’re not alone. Many men, women, and children with depression have multiple episodes.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression symptoms are more severe than normal sadness. The mood-related symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and unworthiness
  • Anger and irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Self-blame
  • Trouble concentrating or remembering
  • Suicidal ideation

The behavior-related symptoms of depression include:

  • Losing interest in enjoyable activities, such as hobbies, sex, and school
  • Fatigue
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Slowed thinking and movements
  • Unexplained headaches, backaches, and other ailments
  • Abusing alcohol, drugs, or other substances

How is depression treated?

Dr. Kermani believes that the first course of treatment for most cases of mild to moderate depression is supportive care, attention to the patient’s concerns, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

He may prescribe antidepressant medication for major depression. If you express suicidal thoughts, Dr. Kermani may refer you to intensive psychiatric care.

What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

CBT is an evidence-based treatment that helps people give up the false, negative beliefs that lead to self-destructive feelings and behaviors.

Dr. Kermani devotes himself to working intensively with you to identify and release the false beliefs that impair your life. Expect to develop new thought patterns that support a more joyful and fulfilled existence.

Start on your journey toward alleviating your depression by contacting Dr. Kermani for a consultation. You can either call his support staff to get started today.