Depression Specialist

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Sound Integrated Medical Center - - Integrative Medicine

Sound Integrated Medical Center

Integrative Medicine & Pain Management located in Federal Way, WA

Did you know that depression affects more than 16 million Americans at any given time? When left untreated, depression usually gets worse, making routine tasks like going to work or spending time with friends and family incredibly difficult. At Sound Integrated Medical Center in Federal Way, Washington, integrative medicine and pain management specialist Aloysius Fobi, MD, and the caring team regularly work with men and women to diagnose and treat depression using safe, holistic means. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a chronic mood disorder characterized by intense feelings of sadness and disinterest in activities you used to love. Although most people experience low feelings from time to time, depression lasts for months or even years. 

Depression is much more than a case of the “blues” and can have serious effects on your health and quality of life. Without medical intervention, you might find it difficult to continue working or find yourself having suicidal thoughts. 

There’s no cure for depression, but healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medications, and integrative treatments can ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression affects everyone differently. Some people experience one bout of major depression that subsides in time, while others experience depression in waves. Telltale signs of depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts
  • Irritability and frustration
  • Tiredness or a general lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Reduced appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Disinterest in sex


As depression progresses, you might experience trouble thinking, making decisions, or remembering things. You might also lose interest in activities you used to enjoy, such as exercising or spending time with friends.

How is depression diagnosed?

To diagnose depression, your Sound Integrated Medical Center provider conducts a physical exam, asks you questions about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. They also order lab tests, including a complete blood count and thyroid test, to rule out any underlying health problems, such as a hormonal imbalance.

Next, your provider conducts a psychiatric evaluation. During this part of the exam, they quiz you about your day-to-day thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns. They also ask you about your lifestyle, including if you use drugs or alcohol. 

How is depression treated?

At Sound Integrated Medical Center, the team treats depression using holistic, integrative means. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they might recommend healthy lifestyle changes like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and taking steps to manage your stress. 

If your symptoms persist after these changes, you might benefit from prescription medications or nutritional supplements. The team can also refer you to mental health professionals in the area for counseling. 

Don’t let depression prevent you from living the life of your dreams. To schedule an appointment at Sound Integrated Medical Center, call the office or book online today.

At Sound Integrated Medical Center, the team treats depression using holistic, integrative means. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they might recommend healthy lifestyle changes like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and taking steps to manage your stress. 

If your symptoms persist after these changes, you might benefit from prescription medications or nutritional supplements. The team can also refer you to mental health professionals in the area for counseling. 

Don’t let depression prevent you from living the life of your dreams. To schedule an appointment at Sound Integrated Medical Center, call the office or book online today.

TMS

TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. With the use of an electric coil placed against the scalp near the forehead, the electromagnet painlessly delivers a magnetic pulse causing nerve cells to stimulate and release neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.

TMS is perfect for the patient who has been diagnosed with depression and has failed multiple anti-depressant medication therapies. It provides long lasting relief of depression symptoms so that you have a better quality of life. 

There are no systemic side effects related to TMS such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, memory or concentration effects, or drug interactions that many antidepressant medications may cause. Our office staff works with your insurance company to get your TMS treatments covered so that you may live depression free.

WHAT WE OFFER

Services

Knee Pain

Aesthetics

Depression

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Allergies

Nutrition

Exercise Performance

Physical Therapy