Depression Specialist

Choi Choi, MD

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist located in Los Angeles, Torrance, CA

Over 3 million adults suffer from prolonged depression. Dr. Choi Choi offers compassionate and holistic diagnosis and treatment for his patients who live in the greater Los Angeles area from his private practice in Torrance, California. If you are experiencing feelings of extreme sadness and hopelessness, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Choi today.

Depression Q & A

What is depression?

Everyone feels down, sad, or blue now and then. Feeling blue is very different from depression, which is clinical mood disorder caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Symptoms of depression develop when your brain’s ability to send and receive neurotransmitters is impaired.

Depression lasts longer than a normal period of feeling sad or down. If you have clinical depression, you may also have feelings of hopelessness and a loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities.

Many people struggle with undiagnosed depression for years. It’s easy to dismiss your feelings or to tell yourself it’s just a phase. However, if you experience depressed feelings for a sustained period of time, you should seek professional help with Dr. Choi.

What are symptoms of depression?

Each person has their own unique experience of depression and will benefit from a customized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs. Nonetheless, there are common symptoms that are used to diagnose depression. For an accurate diagnosis, you will need to present at least five of the symptoms listed in the DSM IV. Some of the more commonly expressed symptoms include:

  • Sustained periods of depression or irritability
  • Decreased interest in normally enjoyable activities
  • Significant change in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts

How is depression treated?

Dr. Choi understands that every patient has unique needs and that your overall health and well being contributes to your mental health. As such he takes a holistic and highly customized approach to treating depression. Treatment plans may include the following:

  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Meditation
  • Dietary changes
  • Exercise

Dr. Choi is dedicated to helping you to live your best life and manage your condition. He truly gets to know you so that your treatment plan is specific to meet your needs. Dr. Choi will prescribe medication if it can help restore a chemical balance in your brain so that you can learn to recognize and manage your symptoms. If medication isn’t necessary, Dr. Choi offers a combination of traditional psychotherapy treatments and Eastern practices to help you find relief.

If you have concerns or questions about depression call Dr. Choi or schedule an appointment online today.