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Depression Specialist

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Aaron Dodini, M.S., M.A., Ph.D.

ADHD Specialist & Clinical Psychologist located in D.C. Metro Area, Arlington, VA

Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that affects how you feel, think, and behave. Aaron Dodini, MS, MA, PhD, is an experienced family therapist at Dodini Behavioral Health in Arlington, Virginia, who treats those struggling with depression. Dodini Behavioral Health also specializes in diagnosing and treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and it’s not uncommon for those with undiagnosed ADHD to struggle with depression. For comprehensive and compassionate care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that alters how you feel and think. These changes can interfere with how you interact with and behave around other people, even those with whom you have a close relationship.

Depression is common and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Though the mood disorder brings on strong feelings of despair and hopelessness, depression is treatable. The sooner you recognize the symptoms and get help, the sooner you’ll feel better. 

Dodini Behavioral Health understands how depression affects your life and customizes care to help you understand your mood disorder, providing the support you need to overcome it. 

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression symptoms vary in type and severity. To be diagnosed with depression, however, you must experience some or all of the following symptoms almost all day, every day, for two or more weeks.

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • General feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair
  • Guilt and shame
  • Anxiety
  • Anger and agitation
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Lack of interest in favorite activities
  • Unusual aches and pains with no known cause
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Though a depression diagnosis requires a specific set of criteria, if you have a low mood but not depression, you may still benefit from psychotherapy at Dodini Behavioral Health. 

What causes depression?

Depression develops from a combination of genetics, biology, brain chemistry, and life circumstances and situations. You may be at greater risk of developing depression if it runs in your family or you’re going through a major life change.

Depression may also co-occur with other chronic health conditions like cancer, heart disease, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

Dodini Behavioral Health specializes in adult ADHD and sees a lot of patients with undiagnosed ADHD suffering years of depression and not knowing why. 

How is depression treated?

Dodini Behavioral Health customizes your depression treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and your personal preferences and needs. Treatment may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Antidepressant medication

Dodini Behavioral Health may also recommend ADHD testing if your therapist suspects your depression is a manifestation of untreated ADHD. Getting treatment for your ADHD also helps ease your depression symptoms.

Depression is treatable. Call Dodini Behavioral Health or schedule an appointment online today to get help.